Former President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been jailed by a court in the country. According to local media reports, Mr. Aziz was earlier charged together with two prime ministers over corruption and other charges.
According to a state prosecutor, assets worth 114 million dollars belonging to the former President have also been seized as part of the prosecution.
Lawyers for the ex-president premised their argument on the fact that their client is entitled to immunity as provided by the country’s constitution for Presidents, ex-presidents and other political officeholders.
However, the judge in charge of the case revealed that ex-president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who ruled the country for 10 years was sentenced after his refusal to report to the police as directed.
Commenting on the development, the former president claimed his consistent persecution is politically motivated. He considered the move as a deliberate attempt to push him out of politics but he insisted he will not go into exile as his supposed persecutors planned.
After Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s term ended in 2019, he was put under investigation for his involvement in misappropriation of oil revenue, the sale of state property, the winding up of a publicly owned food supply company and the activities of a Chinese fishing firm.