In Mauritania, opponent Biram Dah Abeid, arrested on May 23, 2023, was still in custody on May 25. A situation that the acting government spokesperson justifies at the microphone of RFI: “ Biram asked the Mauritanians to bear arms. We consider that call to be a call to violence. ” Statements that made the lawyer of the deputy of the Sawad coalition react: ” It is a political procedure. »
Published on :
In Mauritania, Biram Dah Abeid was transferred to the headquarters of the anti-terrorist police, in Dar Naïme, in Nouakchott, according to his lawyers. Opposition coalition MP Sawad and chairman of the anti-slavery movement IRA, was arrested on May 23, 2023.
He went to a summons to the national security headquarters and was immediately taken into custody. According to his lawyers, Biram Dah Abeid has still not been brought before the prosecutor. His arrest is linked to remarks made during a press conference on Monday, May 22.
>> To read also: Mauritania: opponent Biram Dah Abeid in custody, his lawyers demand his release
For Sidi Ahmed Ould Mohamed, Minister of Housing and acting spokesperson for the Mauritanian government, the reasons for Biram Dah Abeid’s arrest are clear. ” Biram asked Mauritanians to bear armshe declares at the microphone of Gaelle Laleix. We consider that this call is a call to violence, to hatred. That’s the real reason. The arrest of Mr. Biram Dah Abeid is an update, so I don’t think it will take long. As long as the person agrees to correct his remarks, quite simply, he will be relaxed “.
Asked whether this development could amount to intimidation on the part of the Mauritanian government, Sid Ahmed Ould Mohamed tempers: “ No no not at all. This is the role of the state. When someone calls for violence, they must be challenged everywhere in the world. »
” The person who should make the indictment is the public prosecutor’s office, not the government spokesperson »
Words that surprise Master Cheikh Hindi, lawyer for Biram Dah Abeid. According to him, his client is still waiting to know the reason for his custody: “ The one who really has to make the indictment and specify what are the things reproached to the deputy Biram Dah Abeid, it is the parquet floor of the Republic, it is not the spokesman by interim of the government. So far, Biram Dah Abeid himself, he has not yet been served. And so how can the spokesman say that there is such an indictment? It is a political procedure. »
Now transferred to the headquarters of the anti-terrorist police, Biram Dah Abeid may be subject to police custody for up to a month, according to his lawyers.