This article was first published on Middle East Eye

An Algerian businesswoman, rumoured to be the “hidden daughter” of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, lost her appeal on Thursday against a 12-year prison sentence.

Zoulikha-Chafika Nachinache, widely known as “Madame Maya”, had been imprisoned for money laundering “in the context of an organised criminal association”, “complicity in the abuse of office”, “requesting and accepting undue benefits through the use of a public official” and “complicity in the granting of undue benefits”.

A court in Tipaza, near the capital Algiers, upheld the sentences passed against Nachinache and 13 other defendants — including her daughters Imene and Farah — in mid-October by a lower court. …


Yasmina Allouche

Researcher/Journalist specialising in North Africa | Focus on Algeria |

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