Mauritania’s Ex-president Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz [Photo: The Atlantic]
Jan 8th 2021 – Mauritanian former president Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz has refused to answer to corruption allegations, saying an article in the constitution grants him immunity.
According to local media, on Friday Abdelaziz refused to sign the minutes of the interrogation and remained silent throughout the whole process which began on 6th January.
The former president has been named in a parliamentary investigation along with former prime ministers and cabinet ministers who served during his presidency from 2008 to 2019.
He is accused of involvement in corruption and misappropriation of public funds. He denied all the accusations, which he called an attempt to tarnish his reputation.
Mr. Abdelaziz came to power in a military coup when he toppled Mauritania’s only democratically elected president, Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who died last year.