Former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz wants to seize international courts in an attempt to escape the justice of his country, which is investigating his mandates.
At the beginning of the month of March, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was placed under judicial control. The former Mauritanian president has always refused to testify before a parliamentary commission of inquiry tasked with shedding light on facts of corruption and embezzlement of public funds during his years in power, between 2009 and 2019. If he avoids for the moment the prison, the former head of state knows that he could very well end up behind bars. Because with the accusations against him - "influence peddling" and "abuse of office" - there is no doubt that his successor, Mohamed Ould El-Ghazaouani, will be happy to leave him in the hands of the prosecution.
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is therefore preparing his counter-offensive. And this must be both judicial and media. According to Africa Intelligence, the former Mauritanian president is preparing to seize the African Union, the Arab League and the International League for Human Rights. Failing to find a listening ear in his own country, what better for the former head of state than to target international institutions? A counter-attack to assert his rights, but above all a lobbying operation which should enable him to plead his case with foreign countries.
Because the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), before which Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz began his offensive, issues opinions binding in theory, but not binding in practice. In addition to the AU, the former president of Mauritania is also targeting the Commission on Human Rights of the Arab League, the International League for Human Rights - which will allow him to give an even more international impact to his case. - and even the United Nations next summer.
While there is not much to expect from international institutions, which are generally cautious about interference, the Abdel Aziz camp is also attacking the parliamentary commission of inquiry in its own country. The Constitutional Council should be seized in the coming days, continues Africa Intelligence. The former president's lawyers are aiming for an annulment for a procedural flaw in the proceedings against their client, who did not have access to the file.
Finally, the advice of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz considers this case unconstitutional. According to article 93 of the Mauritanian Constitution, "the President of the Republic is only responsible for acts accomplished in the exercise of his functions in the event of high treason". However, this time he is accused of corruption or financial facts. In addition, in the event of a trial, he must be tried "before a High Court of Justice". Which is not the case.