(FILES) - A file picture taken on April 28, 2014, shows Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika looking on during his inauguration ceremony as he is sworn as Algeria's President for a fourth term in Algiers. AFP PHOTO / FAROUK BATICHE
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The general regarded as Algeria's behind-the-scenes kingmaker for 25 years until his sidelining in September has slammed as an "injustice" a five-year jail sentence handed down to one of his top lieutenants.Mediene said there was no basis for the conviction of his longtime counterterrorism chief General Abdelkader Ait-Ouarabi on charges of disobeying orders and demanded the removal of the stain on the honor of a loyal officer.The November 26 trial of Ait-Ouarabi, better known as General Hassan, was the first of a senior secret service officer in Algerian history.Mediene, better known as General Toufik, did not go into detail either in his letter but insisted Ait-Ouarabi had never disobeyed orders during the operation that had been the basis of his trial.
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