ex-president Abdel Aziz banned from leaving Nouakchott

The Nouakchott-Ouest prosecutor’s office on Friday night banned Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz from leaving the capital during the ongoing investigation. More than 300 people, including the former head of state and several members of his family, suspected of corruption and embezzlement between 2008 and 2019 are concerned. The former Mauritanian president rejects everything as a whole.

The lawyers for the former Mauritanian president are amazed at the decision made by the public prosecutor in Nouakchott-Ouest, which prohibits their client from leaving his region of residence during the police’s initial investigation to suppress economic crimes.

Until now, the former head of state had the opportunity to go to his village Bin Chaab, 160 km north of the capital. “We are really surprised by this decision, which deprives the former president of the republic of his right to move, free movement, free movement,” said Takioullah Eidda, one of the lawyers for Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. And sometimes it also slightly violates its right to presumption of innocence. ”

The former president is regularly summoned by investigators, and this Sunday, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was once again walled in silence. A strategy in accordance with the Basic Law, according to Master Takioullah Eidda: “He enjoys the immunity of the President by virtue of the Constitution. And therefore he does not have to answer the investigators’ questions. It is only for the high court that he must answer them, ”says the lawyer.

The initial inquiry was launched by Parliament following a report setting out the leadership of the former president, particularly in the case of the sale of a package at the port of Nouakchott for the construction of a container terminal.

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