Algeria court orders detention of businessman over alleged corruption

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A court in Algeria has ordered the detention of businessman Hassan Larbaoui over corruption allegations, state radio reported on Friday.

Larbaoui is director of a private company called Global Group, which runs a car assembly plant in eastern Algeria in a joint venture with South Korea’s Kia Motors.

Larbaoui’s legal representative was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters.

The Algiers court on Thursday referred ex-Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and two former industry ministers, Youcef Yousfi and Mahdjoub Bedda, to the public prosecutor to be investigated for alleged involvement in the same case, state radio said.

Last Monday, a court ordered the detention of Mourad Eulmi, head of family-owned firm SOVAC that is a partner of Germany’s Volkswagen AG, on suspicion of corruption, state television reported.

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