Lawyers for former President Abdel Aziz question fairness of his trial

Lawyers for former President Abdel Aziz question fairness of his

In Mauritania, will former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz be entitled to a fair trial? This is the question posed by his lawyers. During a press conference on Saturday, January 14, in Nouakchott, they denounced ” a cascade of violations of his rights at all levels of the procedure. »

The former head of state must be tried, in ten days, on January 25, at the same time as a dozen other high personalities, for acts of corruption, money laundering or even illicit enrichment. . However, the lawyers of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz denounce a political trial.

Joined by RFI, Maître Ciré Cledor Ly complains in particular of still not having had access to the judicial file.

The audience is approaching. The clerk, on the other hand, says that he has not received an order to hand over the file to us, whereas we are entitled not only to a copy of the documents and the minutes but also, we have the right to claim the completeness of the file and have the procedural texts at our expense. So we wrote to have it all, at our expense and, to date, absolutely nothing. We will have eight days left, Monday, and you understand that with 8 000 to 10 000 parts, ask the lawyers to prepare the defense of the president with him – because he would have to see what he is accused of and direct us to the elements that allow us to bring the untruth of what is alleged in everything – in fact, it is impossible in eight days. If we don’t have the record from the court, from the Criminal Court, it means that we, like our client, will appear unprepared and it’s not a fair trial. “.

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