Former businessman, Rafik Abdelmoumene Khelifa, who took refuge in Great Britain since 2003 and was subject to international warrant of arrest, has been extradited on Tuesday to Algeria, "in accordance with the legal procedures and the provisions of the judicial agreement" between Algeria and the United Kingdom.
"Following the exhaustion of all the remedies under the British justice and the European justice, concerning the extradition of Abdelmoumene Rafik Khelifa, the Algerian delegation, which on Sunday headed for London, has finalized all the procedures of extradition. He has been handed over on 24 December in conformity with the legal procedures and the provisions of judicial agreement between the two countries," said a release of the Ministry of Justice.
Justice Minister, Tayeb Louh, had announced that "in accordance with the legal procedures in UK, Khelifa extradition would intervene before 31 December 2013."
British Home Secretary had, indeed, ordered the extradition of Abdelmoumene Rafik Khelifa to the Algerian authorities. This decision comes as a result of the judgment of 25 June 2009, in which Westminster Court had accepted the extradition of Khelifa to Algeria.
The former businessman is accused of "theft in different agencies of El Khalifa Bank, the chaotic management and the negligence having marked currency transfer under cover of various transactions, which were, in fact, organized embezzlement acts."
Following a trial in Blida criminal court, Abdelmoumene Khelifa, then, CEO of Group Khalifa was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment for crimes in relation to the management of El Khalifa Bank.