Ex-telecom minister Moussa Benhamadi, once close to former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, died from the coronavirus, said his brother Hocine Benhamadi. He was 67.

“He contracted the virus on July 4 and was only transferred to hospital in Algiers on July 13,” the brother told the website of French-language daily Liberte.

Moussa Benhamadi had been held in pre-trial detention at El Harrach prison since September 2019 as part of an investigation into corruption involving the Algerian high-tech firm Condor Electronics.

Source: Aljazeera

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