Today, Friday, the investigative judge specialized in corruption crimes in Mauritania issued an order to release the former president of the country, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, while subjecting him to judicial and medical supervision at his home.
The Ministry of Justice said that the Public Prosecution submitted an opinion to the investigating judge requesting that the former president be granted temporary freedom, based on a report issued by a medical team.
She pointed out that the doctors confirmed in their report that the health status of Ould Abdel Aziz requires, at the present time, a calm lifestyle free of causes of anxiety and psychological pressure, along with a special diet.
The statement added that the investigative judge decided to release Ould Abdel Aziz, and subject him to judicial supervision at his home with medical measures.
And last Wednesday, the defense team of the former president said that their client’s health condition requires his immediate transfer abroad for treatment.
Three days before that, the Cardiology Hospital in the capital, Nouakchott, announced that Ould Abdel Aziz had undergone a successful therapeutic catheterization operation, after his approval without hesitation.
The investigative judge in charge of economic crimes referred Ould Abdel Aziz to prison on June 23, to continue investigations with him, after he had been under house arrest since last April.
On March 11, the Public Prosecution charged Ould Abdel Aziz and 12 members of his ruling regime on charges including money laundering and granting unjustified privileges in government deals, which the defendants deny.
In the June 2019 presidential elections, Ould Abdel Aziz supported the current president, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazwany, with whom he participated in the 2008 coup.