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Four Algerian siblings jailed for Bouteflika-era graft

An Algerian court on Wednesday sentenced four siblings, from a family close to ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, to hefty prison terms for corruption under his rule, state media reported.
The Kouninef siblings had been found guilty on earlier this month on charges including exerting undue influence and obtaining unfair advantages, money laundering, embezzlement of land and breaches of public works contracts.
Their family owns KouGC Group, a firm specialising in civil engineering, hydraulics and construction.
The company had repeatedly secured public sector contracts under the rule of Bouteflika, who resigned last April under pressure from unprecedented protests against his bid to serve a fifth term after two decades in power.
On Monday, brothers Reda, Noah-Tarek and Abdelkader-Karim Kouninef received prison sentences of 16, 15 and 12 years respectively, the official APS news agency reported.