He was to go on a mission to South Korea. On the evening of September 11, Moustapha Ben Barka, vice-president of the West African Development Bank (BOAD), embarked in Lomé in and Air France flight. Direction Paris, where he must pass before continuing his journey to Seoul.
When he leaves the aircraft at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG), he is surprised to be greeted by members of the Border Police (PAF), who check his identity and ask him to follow. Once in their premises, he his is meant that Interpol issued a red notice against him at the request of the Malian courts, in the context of the case of the acquisition of the presidential plane under the regime of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK; 2013- 2020), during which Ben Barka notably served as Minister of Industry and Secretary General of the presidency.