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Former Mauritania president jailed five years for corruption 

Aziz had been on trial since January alongside 10 other prominent figures, including two former prime ministers, for illicit enrichment, abuse of functions, influence-peddling, and laundering.

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Former Mauritania president jailed five years for corruption 

 

 

A court in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania, on Monday, sentenced former president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to five years in prison for having abused his position to amass an ill-gotten fortune.

 

Aziz had been on trial since January alongside 10 other prominent figures, including two former prime ministers, for illicit enrichment, abuse of functions, influence-peddling, and laundering.

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He was convicted of illicit enrichment and laundering but cleared of the other charges.

 

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The court also ordered the confiscation of Aziz’s illicitly acquired assets.

 

Aziz, 66, did not react to the judgement.

 

He has been in detention since January 24, having also spent several months in prison in 2021.

 

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Aziz spent a decade in power between 2009 and 2019.

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