A court in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, handed down a five-year prison sentence to former president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Monday.
The charges stemmed from accusations of abusing his position to accumulate an illicit fortune.
Aziz, who governed for a decade from 2009 to 2019, had been on trial since January alongside ten other prominent figures, including two former prime ministers, facing charges of illicit enrichment, abuse of functions, influence-peddling, and money laundering.
Aziz was cleared of other charges while convicted of illicit enrichment and money laundering. The court also ordered the confiscation of assets acquired through illicit means.
The 66-year-old former president, who has been in detention since January 24, had previously spent several months in prison in 2021.
Meanwhile, the trial, initiated in January, involved a Mauritanian prosecutor seeking a 20-year prison sentence for Aziz, alleging abuse of power and amassing substantial wealth.
Aziz maintained his innocence and argued that the trial was politically motivated and should be dismissed.
The prosecutor’s closing arguments, which lasted about three hours, sought sentences of 10 years in prison for the two former prime ministers and two ministers, along with the confiscation of their assets. For the remaining defendants, the prosecutor requested a five-year prison term.
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