Mauritanian police released ex-president after arrest for corruption on own recognizance

Former Mauritanian President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz has been released on his own recognizance and remains under surveillance after being interrogated by the Economic Crimes Police.

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been released by police after undergoing week-long questioning over suspected embezzlement, Al-Jazeera reports.

– He has not been charged but his passport, which was taken on his arrest, has not been returned, – attorney Taghioullah Aida said, adding that Aziz has also been banned from leaving the capital, Nouakchott.

Previously, the media reported that Abdel Aziz had been accused of mismanagement and embezzlement of public property during his reign from 2008 to 2019.

The investigation includes the management of the country’s oil revenues, the sale of state property in the capital Nouakchott, the winding up of a publicly owned food supply company and the activities of a Chinese fishing company called Pully Hong Dong.

In addition, Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz is accused of corruption for giving the former Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa a small Moorish island on the Atlantic coast north of Nouakchott.