Provisional freedom for former minister Khalida Toumi

Sentenced on July 6 to a prison term by the Court of Algiers, the former Minister of Culture, Khalida Toumi, regained her freedom on Wednesday. And this, after the introduction of an appeal in cassation by his defense.

In pre-trial detention since November 2019, Khalida Toumi, former Minister of Culture at the time of the late President Bouteflika, regained her freedom this Wednesday, July 27, 2022. After her sentence to 4 years in prison on July 6, the former minister was granted provisional release. Moreover, this release comes following the appeal in cassation lodged by his defense with the Supreme Court.

As a reminder, Khalida Toumi was prosecuted for abuse of office, squandering of public funds and granting of undue advantages. As part of the cultural events Algiers capital of Arab culture in 2007 and the Pan-African festival in 2009. As well as the film on the Emir Abdelkader in 2014.

After several postponements, his trial opened at the end of June in the court of Sidi M’hamed in Algiers. Before the judge, the former minister at the time of President Bouteflika had rejected all the charges.

Corruption: Khalida Toumi sentenced to 4 years in prison

Convicted of corruption during cultural events, the Economic and Financial Criminal Division of the Sidi M’hamed court had sentenced Khalida Toumi last April to 6 years in prison with a fine of 200,000 DA. However, on July 6, the former minister had received a reduced sentence. Indeed, the Court of Algiers had sentenced him to 4 years in prison for the charges brought against him.

Furthermore, it should be recalled that the General Secretary (SG) of the Workers’ Party (PT), Louisa Hanoune, had denounced the imprisonment of her friend, Khalida Toumi. “Why was Khalida Toumi imprisoned? What is she doing in detention? She didn’t steal a penny. It’s hogra, injustice, revenge! » ; launched Louisa Hanoune.

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