ALGERIA: KILLER OF NATIONAL POLICE CHIEF SENTENCED TO DEATH
February 27, 2017: A former Algerian police colonel was sentenced to death for gunning down the national police chief Ali Tounsi during an office meeting in 2010, national news agency APS said.
Chouaib Oultache had been found guilty of murder after a trial that saw bitter sparring between the defense and prosecution.
The death sentence, which had been requested by prosecutors, was handed down after three hours of deliberation. Oultacheās legal team has eight days to take the case to a higher court.
Prosecutors charged that Oultache, who headed the air division of the Directorate General for National Security (DGSN), or civil police, opened fire on Tounsi at his Algiers office on Feb. 25, 2010 after a heated dispute. The court rejected Oultacheās claim that he was defending himself after Tounsi threatened him with a letter-opener.
Tounsi was named police chief in 1994 when the bloodshed in Algeria between armed groups and security forces was at its peak. He focused on boosting counter-terror operations during his time in office. (Sources: AFP, 01/03/2017)