ALGIERS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The prosecutor with an Algerian military court on Tuesday requested a 20-year prison sentence against Said Bouteflika, brother of deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, local media reported.
Said, a key figure of Algeria's government until Bouteflika was ousted in April following massive protests, is facing charges of "conspiring against the state and undermining the military," reported the independent TV station Ennahar.
Earlier Tuesday, the military court in the 1st Military Zone in the province of Blida, 50 km south of the capital Algiers, resumed for the second day the proceedings to try Said, as well as two former secret service chiefs and a party leader.
Algeria has been gripped by mass protests since Feb. 22, which forced Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign on April 2. The protesters take to the streets every Friday to call for radical changes and respect for the rule of law.