Mauritanian ex-leader charged with transplant

Mauritanian ex-leader charged with transplant


Mauritania’s former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was arrested Tuesday after a judge in charge of corruption investigations ordered his detention, his party and prosecutors said.

A prosecutor on condition of anonymity and the spokesman for the former President’s party, Djibril Ould Bilal, confirmed his arrest without giving any reason.

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Mauritania’s former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was arrested Tuesday after a judge in charge of corruption investigations ordered his detention, his party and prosecutors said.

A prosecutor on condition of anonymity and the spokesman for the former President’s party, Djibril Ould Bilal, confirmed his arrest without giving any reason.

Aziz has gone before a judge investigating the case twice since the charges, including money laundering, were filed in March.

The move comes days after the former Führer refused to continue reporting to the police after being placed under house arrest.

Aziz ruled the conservative West African state from 2008 to mid-2019 when he was succeeded by his former right-wing man and ex-defense minister, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani.

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The ex-president said he was being persecuted to keep him out of politics but has vowed not to go into exile.

Aziz joined the small opposition party Ribat National to save his political career after being expelled from the ruling Union for the Republic (UPR) party he founded.

The 64-year-old former general, who came to power in a coup, had to report to the police three times a week and obtain evidence before leaving the citadel.

The charges followed a year-long parliamentary investigation into the handling of oil revenues, the sale of state property, the liquidation of a state food company and the activities of a Chinese fishing company.

A prosecutor involved in the investigation said in March that cash and assets worth the equivalent of around 96 million euros (115 million US dollars) had been seized.

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