Former leaders Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal were both given lengthy jail terms on Tuesday [Reuters]

Two former Algerian prime ministers were convicted of corruption-related charges and sentenced to lengthy prison terms in a landmark trial.

An Algerian court pronounced the verdict on Tuesday against Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal.

Ouyahia was sentenced to 15 years in prison and handed $16,000 in fines. Sellal was sentenced to 12 years in prison and given $8,000 in fines.

The trial was the first resulting from sweeping investigations into fraud allegations launched after president Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down in April in the face of mass protests that erupted in February against his bid for a fifth term. Both were longtime Bouteflika allies.

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