Former Algeria counterterrorism chief jailed for 5 years

Analysts interpret the removal of General Hassan as President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (pictured) consolidating his hold over Algeria's intelligence servicesAlgeria’s former counterterrorism chief was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for destroying documents and disobeying military orders, his lawyer said. Abdelkader Ait-Ouarabi, better known as General Hassan, was tried behind closed doors in a military court in second city Oran in the country’s first ever prosecution of a high-ranking secret service officer. For two decades, General Hassan had embodied the army’s fight against Islamist groups.

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