Former Mauritanian President Mohamed Uld Abdelaziz will not be able to leave the capital, Nouakchott, while the investigation into him continues on Friday, on the orders of the Prosecutor of the Republic of Nouakchott West.
Abdelaziz was arrested in mid-August after testifying before the Directorate-General for National Security (DGSN) and released conditionally a week later. The former president is under investigation by a parliamentary commission for economic crimes allegedly committed during the ten years he was responsible for the country.
The decision took the former president’s lawyers by surprise because, according to the RFI station, he has so far been able to travel to his hometown of Bin Chaab, which is 160 kilometers from the capital.
“We are really surprised by this decision, which deprives the former president of his right of circulation, his freedom of circulation and his freedom of movement,” commented one of his lawyers, Takiulá Eidda, who believes it also “slightly violates his right to” a presumption of innocence “.