Algeria doctor jailed for child-trafficking to France

The medic was sentenced to 12 years in jail for abducting children born to single mothers and selling them in France for adoption.

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An Algerian doctor has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for abducting children born to single mothers and selling them in France for adoption, reports the BBC.

An Algiers court found Khelifa Hanouti guilty of illegally transferring children to the city of Saint-Etienne.

A notary received five years for his involvement. Another six people were jailed in absentia to 10 years.

The case came to light in 2009 after a woman died during an abortion at an illegal clinic belonging to Hanouti.

In total, 13 people had gone on trial for allegedly belonging to a child trafficking ring composed of both French and Algerian nationals.

In Tuesday's ruling, one defendant was acquitted, while the remaining four were given suspended jail sentences. All those sentenced also received fines.

The six jailed in absentia are French suspects of Algerian origin currently living in Saint-Etienne.

Read more of this report from the BBC.

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