And one more ! Decidedly, in Algeria we spare no effort to want to be cleaner than clean. This time, it is General-Major Abdelkader Lachkhem, the former head of the Department of Transmissions, Systems and Electronic Warfare at the level of the Ministry of National Defense, who is bearing the brunt of the big wash wanted by the Abdelmadjid pair. Tebboune and Saïd Changriha.
Sniff! my general was officially placed in detention at the military prison of Blida after having been interviewed for more than 5 days in the context of a new major politico-judicial scandal. If we trust “Algeria Part” we have nipped in the bud the case which without the good grace of the military court of Blida, could have made a lot of noise in Algeria.
The case concerns the purchase abroad of equipment classified as sensitive to ensure the security of military transmissions. According to our sources, several other senior officers, and former senior clerks of the central management headed by Abdelkader Lachkhem for many years under the era of the late ex-Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaid Salah, are also cited in this closed file. “Defense secret” by the Military Court of Blida. We can therefore see it is among other things a purge and all those who combine and relate in gender and number to Gaid Salah will have for their ranks.
A priori the affair will not fail to give rise to new speculations on the extent of the corruption scandals within the Military Institution, the first budget item of the country in Algeria with no less than 10 billion dollars of expenditure per year. This new legal scandal will also profoundly change the balance of power within the ANP military high command because Abdelkader Lachkhem was considered one of the most influential generals of the past 10 years. The clan of Said Chengriha, the current boss of the ANP General Staff, is certainly weaving its web on all the poles of the Algerian army.
General-Major Abdelkader Lachkhem, was at the heart of a huge scandal of corruption and squandering of public funds since 2020. He was the subject of an in-depth investigation which covers the acquisition between 2014 and 2019 for 2 billion dollars in telecommunications and electronic equipment that was not a national priority. It is the central direction of the security of the army (DCSA) which is officially in charge of this investigation.
Investigators suspect overbilling, embezzlement of public funds and illicit transfers of currency through these operations of importing military equipment, the usefulness of which does not seem to have been demonstrated by concrete and reliable investment plans. For the purposes of this investigation, General-Major Abdelkader Lackhem had been deprived of his passport and placed under ban on leaving the national territory (ISTN) from the summer of 2020.