Records destroyed relating to cases that Ali Tounsi had put under investigation over the past decade. Services of Civil Protection managed to save in 2500 files. . the Public Prosecutor ordered the opening of an investigation.
The records service at the security of the wilaya of Algiers has been object to a terrible fire Thursday which destroyed a large part of the legal issues relating to corruption cases which the police court was being investigating these years on the orders of former Director General of National Security, Colonel Ali Tounsi.
According to corroborating sources, the fire broke out Thursday noon but was kept secret in order to avoid it being publicized. It has affected more than 3,000 legal files, totally destroyed by fire, while two thousand five hundred other cases have been saved thanks to the intervention of services for civil defense who managed to extinguish the fire quickly.
The same sources added that a judicial investigation was opened by order of Public Prosecutor, at the court of Sidi M’hamed to know the conditions and causes of this incident and to determine whether the fire was a crime or not, especially since many signs suggest that is the case and the objective is simply to destroy evidence.
Concerning the records, our sources have indicated that these latter, numbering three thousand, relate to judicial police investigations into corruption, the late Colonel Ali Tounsi ordered during the last ten years. Classified investigations, others still ongoing in addition to other records relating to PV hearing in serious cases of corruption.
The destroyed records generally concern cases currentlyunder investigation by the services of the judicial police of the time when the divisional commissioner Abdelaziz Affani was responsible for the judicial police in Algiers. Records destroyed are not only about the investigations by the judicial police of Algiers security but also investigations on the orders of the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN), which are usually carried out by the judicial police since the DGSN do not have mechanisms to investigate except for overruns of police officers and especially after the dissolution of the Office of fight against organized crime of Châteauneuf.
According to sources well informed about the subject, given the sensitivity of the records destroyed and those rescued, the site hit by fire represents the black box for the circles of corruption in Algeria, as all evidence and documents that involve people in these cases were in the Archives of the safety of Algiers. This suggests that there is criminal intent behind this incident.
This fire comes a few days after the assassination of Colonel Ali Tounsi for reasons still unknown. This short time between the fire and the killing of Colonel Ali Tounsi opens many questions and interpretations, especially that the deceased colonel was behind the opening of investigations in most cases whose files were destroyed in fire.
Ennahar / Ismail Fellah
I don’t want to go on the usual and depressing hypotheses such as the clans’ competitions inside the Algerian system, the “DRS versus Bouteflika” battle, the business mafia inside the system, or even that Ennahar is being just another tool in this competition (and this information could be just a big lie). Simply because we know that we know… absolutely nothing, and all we have are hints and patterns (I agree they are strong ones).
I will just say that we have many years ahead before corruption is stopped and this rotten system is thrown out. But I guess this issue is not very important, and our football NT’s loss against Serbia is more worrisome.