Two bankers have been arrested and detained in M auritania on the suspicion of committing economic crimes, PANA learnt on Friday.
Mohamed Ould Noueigued, Chief Executive Officer of the National Banque of Maurit ania (BNM) and Cherif Abdallah, board chairman and majority shareholder of the Islamic Bank (BA MIS), were arrested and detained by the police Thursday evening.
Their detention was ordered by the prosecutor’s office in Nouakchott, where the bankers were questioned a few hours earlier as part of an investigation into suspected embezzlement by S id’El Moctar Ould Nagi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Mauritania (BCM).
Ould Nagi is accused of “treason, embezzlement of public funds, breach of trust, forgery and use of forged documents, falsification and fraud”. He is in detention with his former deputy, Mohamed Ould Oumarou.
In recent weeks, the bankers were asked to refund nearly 10 billion ouguiyas to the BCM (1USD=250 ouguiyas).
Authorities in Nouakchott said the development is part of a campaign for proper management of public affairs.