Mauritania arrests ex-president on eve of historic trial

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Police arrested Mauritania’s former president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Tuesday on the eve of his trial for abuse of power and amassing an illicit fortune, a lawyer said. The 66-year-old was first told to report to police, but refused, defence lawyers said. The police “came to look for him at home” in the capital Nouakchott, armed with a warrant. He was arrested without incident, the lawyers said. Therare prosecution of a former African head of state was due to open on Wednesday morning, with Abdel Aziz spending the night in custody. Several other figures from his former regime, also facing c…

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