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Chouaib Oultache Sentenced to Capital Punishment in The Case of Murder of Former Police Chief | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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People gather outside the court in Blida, 50 km west of Algiers, for the start of a graft trial January 8, 2007. Abdelmoumene Khalifa, a prominent British-based Algerian businessman, went on trial in absentia on Monday on fraud charges arising from a 2003 business collapse widely seen as the north African country’s worst financial scandal. Commentators expect the long-awaited trial to shed light on mismanagment in Algeria’s banking sector. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi – RTR1KZS8

Algeria – Criminal Court of Algiers on Monday sentenced Chouaib Oultache to capital punishment for the murder of former Police Chief Ali Tounsi, on 25 February 2010 at the headquarters of the police directorate.

The defendant was found guilty for premeditated homicide against Tounsi, attempted homicide against two senior officials of the police and the holding of a firearm without authorization.

The ruling given by the presiding judge Amar Belkherchi included compensation to the family of the murdered police chief.

Earlier, the representative of the Prosecutor-General demanded the death penalty against Oultache.

Tounsi was appointed head of general directorate of the Algiers National Security in 1994 when armed extremist groups were at their prime in the country. He was able to establish security in the capital after two al-Qaeda suicide attacks in April and December of 2007.