Algeria's most wealthy businessman and the other four billionaires with close ties to the country's former president has on Monday been arrested.
The five investigated for corruption, informs the state tv.
Among them is Issad Rebrab, who is the ceo of Algeria's largest private company, Cevital.
He is suspected to have given misleading information about transfers of money to and from abroad, informs the state tv.
According to the magazine Forbes is Rebrab of Algeria's richest man and number six in Africa with an estimated fortune of 3,38 billion dollars, writes the news agency AFP.
The other four arrested businessmen is, according to several media part of one of the country's most powerful families.
Tilbageholdelserne is part of a larger korruptionsefterforskning directed against the 51 businessmen. They have all been prohibited to travel out of Algeria.
The past two months, there have been large-scale popular protests against the regime in the north african country.
the Protests forced the three weeks ago the long-standing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign from the post.
He has been temporarily replaced by mr Abdelkader Bensalah, who has promised to ensure free elections in the future.
The 4. July will be voting for a new president.
But it has not put a damper on the protests.
Many, especially young people, want to see sweeping changes at the top of society, writes the news agency Reuters.
Friday went hundreds of thousands on the streets demanding that Bensalah resign along with other top officials.
last week said Algeria's chief of army staff, Gaid Salah, he estimated that the parts of the ruling elite will be charged with corruption.
in addition to Monday's five arrests have a court in Algeria summoned the former prime minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, as well as the current minister of finance Mohamed Loukal. The two be investigated for abuse of public money, reported state media on Saturday.