FILE PHOTO – Abdelghani Hamel, former Director General of the Algerian National Police (DGSN), greets a police officer in Algiers, Algeria, March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Ramzi BoudinaMore

By Hamid Ould Ahmed

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s finance minister and ex police chief appeared in court on Monday, joining a list of powerful figures to face judicial investigations since mass protests forced the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika this month.

Finance Minister Mohamed Loukal – a former central bank governor who only got the job from Bouteflika last month – appeared in Algiers as part of an investigation into suspected misuse of public funds, state television reported.

Former police chief Abdelghani Hamel, who was sacked last year by Bouteflika for undisclosed reasons, and his son appeared in Tipaza, west of the

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