An Algerian criminal court has sentenced a former prime minister and erstwhile energy minister to prison on corruption charges.

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia was sentenced to 12 years while erstwhile Energy Minister Youcef Yousuf was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

The verdict was the second against Ouyahia, who had already been sentenced to 15 years in another corruption case in December.

The court also handed down a 20-year prison term to Ouyahia’s former Industry and Mining Minister, Abdeslam Bouchouareb while businessman Mourad Oulmi received a 10-year sentence.

All the charges were connected to corruption, money laundering and abuse of power.