MOHAMED Ould Abdel Aziz was taken into police custody on Monday on allegations of corruption. The former president of Mauritania — who is currently in dispute with his successor, President Mohamed Sheikh El Ghazouani, and had recently failed in his attempt to take over the Democratic Socialist Unionist Party (PUSD) recently, was summoned by the Economic Crimes Squad.
Brought in on the eve of a scheduled press conference, some believe the public address — which was aborted, was organised as a means of his public defence in anticipation of his arrest.
Mohamed Abdel Aziz, accused of plundering the nation’s resources and illegally awarding a series of large private contracts during his tenure between 2008 and 2019, is being held in the villa on the grounds of the Police Academy in Nouakchott – a place where he himself had kept Abdallahi Senoussi, boss of Libyan military intelligence under Gaddafi’s reign, before handing him over to Libya for $200 million.
The family of the accused is also facing similar charges together with former ministers who have also been placed under judicial supervision.