Ex-Mauritanian President faces corruption charges

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Mauritania's out-going President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz looks on during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly-elected Mauritania's President at a conference center in Nouakchott, on August 1, 2019. - Mauritania, roiled by a history of military coups and upheaval, saw its first transfer of power between elected leaders on August 1, 2019 as President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz handed over to his successor. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani was sworn in at a conference centre near the capital Nouakchott before a crowd of 5,000 people. (Photo by Seyllou / AFP) (Photo by SEYLLOU/afp/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, yesterday, was referred to court over alleged corruption charges, along with 11 others who were figures from his former regime. Abdel Aziz’s lawyer, Mohameden Ould Icheddou, told Anadolu Agency that that the examining magistrate had referred the 12 defendants to the “criminal court tasked with judging crimes of corruption”, adding that a trial date was “yet to be announced”. He added that fourteen defendants were “initially charged”, noting that the charges against the former Finance Minister, Mokhtar Ould Ajayi, and the ex-chief of the national mining company, SNIM, Hasna Ould Alay, were “dropped”. The ex-President’s first probe started in March 2021, when the Public Prosecutor charged him with “corruption, money laundering, illicit enrichment […]

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