Ex-president of Mauritania to remain jailed on corruption charges

The Supreme Court of Mauritania upheld a judge’s decision to jail former President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz. Investigators continue to investigate the ex-president’s corruption during his tenure. Anadolu Agency news agency reports.

The court rejected a motion by Ould Abdel Aziz’s defense to overturn a jail order that would allow him to travel around the country and access his frozen assets.

In March, Ould Abdel Aziz and 12 of his assistants were charged with money laundering, illegal enrichment and illegal granting of privileges in government deals. Nearly $ 115 million in cash and assets have already been seized as part of the investigation.

From April to June, the ex-president was under house arrest.

On June 23, the judicial authorities referred the ex-head of state to jail. This decision comes after the ex-president’s refusal to report to the police, as was required by the conditions attached to his house arrest.

Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz came to power in 2008 after a military coup and served two terms until 2019.