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Ex-PM freed in graft case

2010-02-17 10:07

Ndjamena - Chad's former prime minister and presidential aide Haroun Kabadi, arrested last November and charged with corruption, was freed on Tuesday for lack of evidence against him, legal sources said.

"The charge sheet does not have enough evidence against the accused Haroun Kabadi," said a court ruling. Prosecutors also dropped the case against 16 other people implicated.

"This is a victory for law," Jean Bernard Padare, one of Kabadi's lawyers, told AFP. "We are proud of justice, the work has been done transparently."

Kabadi, who was arrested while serving as secretary general in President Idriss Deby's office, was accused of receiving a bribe from a member of parliament related to the purchase of school textbooks at inflated prices.

He had served as prime minister in 2002-03 and was formerly the deputy leader of Deby's Patriotic Movement of Salvation (MPS) party.

Several senior officials and staff of the ministries of finance and national education remain in prison in connection with the textbook scandal.

They include Abderamane Koko, the former minister of national education, Limane Mahamat, the ex-secretary general of the government, and Oumar Boukar Gana, former junior minister for the budget.