Former Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Maiga was positioned in custody on Thursday after a Supreme Court examination into embezzlement of public funds, media reported.
Maiga, 67, is implicated of being associated with the purchase of a governmental jet and military devices worth roughly 9.3 billion CFA francs (practically $16.7 million, according to the RFI broadcaster, pointing out the authorities’s legal representative and a court member.
The case goes back to 2014 when Maiga worked as the defense minister under President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was ousted from power in military coup in August 2020.
Another previous Malian minister is presently being attempted by the Supreme Court in the event, the outlet stated.
Maiga worked as the prime minister from 2017-2019. He stepped down in April 2019 over countrywide anti-government demonstrations after the Ogossagou massacre in main Mali.