Algeria detains former counter-terror chief - report
30 August 2015, 20:34
Algiers - A retired Algerian intelligence chief, formerly
in charge of counter-terrorism, is being held in a military prison after his
arrest in Algiers, the daily El-Watan reported on Sunday.
After being forcibly retired at the end of 2013, “General
Hassan”, born Abdelkader Ait-Ouarab, was arrested at his home on Thursday and
is being held in Blida military prison 50km south of Algiers, the newspaper
A security source confirmed his arrest to AFP, but gave
no further details.
News sites first announced that he had been detained on
Friday, but there has been no official confirmation.
For two decades, General Hassan embodied the Algerian
army's relentless fight against armed Islamist groups.
But the former head of Algeria's infamous DRS
intelligence agency had been under surveillance since his retirement at the
orders of a military judge, according to Algerian media.
Allegations against him include "possessing
firearms", "withholding information" and
"insubordination", El-Watan quoted judicial sources as saying.
For over a year, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
has been reforming his intelligence services, relieving them of many missions
now under the direct control of the army chief.
Last month, Bouteflika replaced the heads of the
country's DSI counter-espionage unit, presidential security and Republican