A few weeks ago, Lebanon accused Algeria of delivering poor quality fuel to it, a case which notably revealed a vast corruption scandal in the two countries. Main suspect, Sonatrach announces that it will stop its fuel exports to Lebanon.

From December 2020, the date on which the contract between them expires, the Algerian public hydrocarbon company (Sonatrach) will no longer export fuel to the Lebanese public producer of electricity (EDL). She decided not to renew the contract following this incredible case in which she is accused of having delivered poor quality products to her client.

She immediately informed the Lebanese authorities that they have taken note.

Last April, EDL reported to the judicial authorities that it had received two shipments of poor quality fuel from Algeria. An investigation was opened and several people were arrested in the land of cedar. They are 12 people from the EDL administration, including the director general, several employees of the petroleum import verification company (PST) and even Algerian officials.

The first legal qualifications refer to corruption, the payment of bribes, fraud and breach of trust.

Faced with an outcry, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered the opening of an investigation , the conclusions of which are still awaited.


Source: Agence Ecofin