Algeria issues arrest warrant for ex-oil minister
Algiers, August 13, 2013
Algeria has issued international arrest warrants for nine individuals, including former oil minister Chakib Khelil, the official APS news agency said on Monday.
Also on the Attorney General's list of warrants were Khelil's wife, two of his sons, and Farid Noureddine Bedjaoui.
Bedjaoui is accused by Italian prosecutors of channeling nearly 198 million euros ($230 million) in bribes for Italian oil service group Saipem, controlled by Eni, to officials in Algeria via a company called Pearl Partners.
Algeria is investigating allegations of corruption involving state energy company Sonatrach and Italy's Eni, and has already requested assistance from judicial authorities in Italy, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates to help gather evidence.
A former manager of Saipem, at the centre of the bribery probe relating to Algerian gas contracts, was arrested in Italy on July 28. - Reuters