Algeria: Bouteflika’s brother, intelligence chiefs arrested

Said Bouteflika was seen as Algeria's de facto ruler after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013.

Algerian police have arrested former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika‘s youngest brother alongside two former intelligence chiefs, according to local media.

Said Bouteflika, General Bachir Athmane Tartag and General Mohamed Mediene were taken into custody for questioning on Saturday, the private Ennahar TV reported.

The younger Bouteflika, who served as adviser to the president for more than a decade, is seen by many as having taken de facto control of the North African state, after his brother suffered a crippling stroke in 2013.

Massive ongoing protests calling for a radical change pushed the ailing president to resign on April 2, but demonstrators continue to demand the removal of all those linked to the former administration.

Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, a former associate of President Bouteflika, came to the fore in late March after he broke ranks with the ailing leader, and called on him to step down. The president resigned five days later.

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The 79-year-old Gaid Salah has since sought to win the confidence of demonstrators by vowing to prosecute members of the old guard suspected of corruption.

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