Almost two years ago, on August 17, 2020, the arrest of former all-powerful President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz had a resounding effect in Nouakchott. And then time passed. The procedures dragged on and the interest of the Mauritanians dulled. In April 2022, the arrival of Sandrella Merhej in this file considerably contributed to giving it new life. Better, it created the buzz.
Mauritania: Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani at the time of choice
This is obviously what “Aziz” was looking for when he mandated, from his house arrest, this Lebanese lawyer in international criminal law, unknown until now in Mauritania. No one, outside his private circle, knows today who put them in contact. Involved in politics in Beirut (she was a candidate during of the 2018 legislative elections in a predominantly Maronite constituency), she was approved by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, based in The Hague, in the defense team in the case of the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. It also has access to Baabda Palace, the residence of Lebanese President Michel Aoun. Aziz has already sought several foreign advisers, but none has really taken up his complex and very sensitive case.