Crime: Mauritania: ex-president Aziz forced to report to the police three times a week

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Le président mauritanien Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz en juillet 2018 à Nouakchott © Ludovic MARIN Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in July 2018 in Nouakchott

Former Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, indicted Thursday for corruption and placed under judicial control, will now have to report to the police three times a week and ask the judge's permission to leave Nouakchott, we learned Friday from judicial sources.

"The investigating judge informed Mr. Aziz of the conditions for his placing under judicial supervision: to report three times a week to the police and to refrain from leaving the capital without his authorization," said a source judiciary speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Confirming these measures, one of the lawyers of the former president, Taleb Khyar Ould Mohamed Mouloud, protested against "this null and void judicial procedure, contrary to the Constitution and which threatens the future of democracy and social peace ".

The former president Aziz was greeted at his home Thursday evening by several dozen of his supporters demanding justice, noted an AFP correspondent.

The Mauritanian justice has been seized since 2020 of the report of a parliamentary commission of inquiry in charge of shedding light on alleged facts of corruption and embezzlement of public funds during the years of power of Mr. Aziz.

The commission looked in particular at the management of oil revenues, the sale of State estates, the liquidation of a public company ensuring the supply of foodstuffs or the activities of a Chinese fishing company.

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The procedure accelerated with the convocation at the beginning of the week of a host of personalities in the police offices, including the former head of state.

An examining magistrate then indicted and placed under judicial supervision Thursday Mr. Aziz, as well as one of his sons-in-law, two former prime ministers and several former ministers and businessmen.

After more than ten years in power between 2008 and 2019, this indictment represents a new stage in the fall of Mr. Aziz under his successor Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, whose accession to the presidency he had nevertheless prepared. Mr. Aziz shouts "settling of scores". His successor has constantly invoked the independence of the judiciary.

The financial investigation carried out in parallel with that of the police made it possible to identify and freeze or seize companies, buildings and apartments, vehicle fleets, sums of money, in Mauritania alone, says the prosecution . These properties are valued at the equivalent of 96 million euros.

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Mauritania: Ould Abdel Aziz Victim of a regulation of political accounts, according to his lawyers .
© AFP Photo / Watt Abeljelil Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who led Mauritania between 2008 and 2019, is placed under judicial review as well as A dozen his former collaborators, including two former prime ministers. (Archives) Lawyers of Former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz denounced on Thursday night at a press conference in Nouakchott, what they consider as violations of the constitutional rights of their client.

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