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Former Mauritanian President Jailed, Faces Graft Charges

Former Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has been jailed after a judge in charge of a corruption probe ordered his incarceration.

The former president says he is being persecuted in a bid to keep him out of politics but has vowed he would not go into exile.

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A prosecutor speaking on condition of anonymity and the spokesman of the ex-leader’s party, Djibril Ould Bilal, confirmed his detention on Tuesday without citing the reason.

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Aziz has twice gone before a magistrate investigating the case since the charges, including money laundering, were brought in March.

Incarceration comes days after the former president refused to continue reporting to police when put under house arrest.

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Aziz ruled the conservative West African state from 2008 to mid-2019, when he was succeeded by his former right-hand man and ex-defense minister Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani.

Source: GhanaArticles.com

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