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Cocaine trafficker linked to president’s son sees jail sentence halved

Kamel Chikhi, alias ‘El Boucher’, was sentenced Sunday, June 14, to four years in prison instead of eight years as initially sentenced by the court of Sidi M’hamed last February.

The man had been videotaping his meetings with figures close to the regime, including current army-backed president Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s own son, Khaled Tebboune.

Real estate tycoon Kamel Chikhi had converted to importing frozen meat. Nicknamed “Kamel El Bouchi (Boucher)”, the millionaire saw his career end on May 29, 2018 in Oran. On a boat from Brazil, in addition to frozen meat, Algerian customs officials, forced to act by their Spanish counterparts, discovered 701 kg of cocaine, the largest seizure in the history of Algeria.

Following Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s appointment, Khaled Tebboune who had been in custody, accused by the Algerian judiciary of having intervened repeatedly with the land administration to unblock real estate projects financed by the narco-trafficker, was cleared of any wrongdoing, leading many political analysts to suggest that his father had ordered his release. There is also the very possibility that Kamel Chikhi holds compromising information on the involvement of Khaled Tebboune in the cocaine trade.

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