Chad’s anti-graft minister held on graft charges

2012-02-21 07:18

Chad’s anti-corruption minister was sacked and arrested for alleged graft.

Ahmadaye al Hassan is being “held by police where he is being interrogated and will spend the night in a police station,” a judicial source said.

Chadian President Idriss Deby earlier yesterday dismissed the minister through an official decree read on public radio.

“The mandate of Mr. Ahmadaye al Hassan, minister for good governance and public stabilisation, has been terminated,” the decree said.

Three of Hassan’s aides have been held since Thursday, while another high-ranking official was detained Saturday.

The landlocked Saharan country, which Deby has ruled since 1990, is one of the world’s poorest and is chronically rocked by corruption scandals.

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