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Mali’s Former Prime Minister Arrested Over Corruption Claims
By on August 26th, 2021. News
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Mali’s former prime minister Boubeye Maiga was arrested on Thursday for his role in the purchase of a presidential aircraft through the rule of ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, his lawyer mentioned.

The precise reason for the arrest was not clear, but it was related to Mali’s purchase of a jet in 2014 for $40 million, his lawyer, Kassoum Tapo, mentioned by telephone, without giving further detail.

“We’ve got not seen the case file and till then we can not communicate additional,” he mentioned.

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The Justice Ministry didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Critics on the time claimed that the Keita administration overpaid and that the deal was corrupt. It led to a political scandal that harm Keita’s presidency and spooked lenders. The Worldwide Financial Fund and the World Financial institution froze financing to the West African nation in consequence.


It was not clear what proof prosecutors have in opposition to Maiga or why he was arrested now. He served as prime minister from 2017-2019 and is seen as a attainable candidate within the presidential vote that interim authorities promise to carry subsequent yr following Keita’s ouster as president final August.

The transition is being led by Assimi Goita, the Malian colonel who led the coup and is now interim president.

Reuters

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