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Authorities released Sidi Ould Sidi High, a Malian suspected of belonging to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. He was arrested last year on charges of selling explosives to armed groups.
The government closed several Islamic charities, including one tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, for "overstepping their mandate." The MB-linked Tewassoul opposition party said it was prevented from holding a meeting in Nouakchott "for security reasons." Protests were held in several cities earlier this week against the desecration of several Korans in Nouakchott on March 3.
Hundreds of demonstrators marched in the capital yesterday protesting the alleged desecration of several copies of the Koran by four turbaned men on March 2, and one man was killed by an exploding tear gas canister. The RFD party condemned the desecration.
A demonstration was held outside the UN offices in Nouakchott yesterday demanding that Mauritanian Guantanamo detainees Mohamed Ould Sellahi and Ahmedou Ould Abdel Aziz be freed. Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir was imprisoned last week for writing an article that allegedly defamed the Prophet Mohammed. President Mohamed Aziz has reaffirmed that Mauritania is an Islamic state, not a secular one.
Security forces reportedly arrested several previously detained Salafists on Dec. 27, including Sidi Ould Mamoury. A number of the 29 al Qaeda-linked inmates at Nouackchott Central Prison have gone on a hunger strike to protest "arbitrary measures" such as the denial of parole and the imposition of fines as a condition of their release.
The Tuareg MNLA and the HCUA, along with the Arab MAA, three rebel movements in northern Mali, are said to have reaffirmed their commitment in Ouagdougou to the accord reached this summer with the Malian government. The three groups reportedly offered to leave Kidal by Nov. 14 and asked for a renewed focus on security for Kidal and the Azawad area in general. Authorities released El Hacen Ould Mata, a Salafist, earlier this week, after he had served a three-year prison sentence.
Two Salafists detained at Nouakchott central jail for five years, Béchir Khrachi Sall and Sidi Ouls Samoury, have been freed after serving their sentences. Authorities said Canadian national Aaron Yoon, who was arrested in December 2011 and jailed in Mauritania on terrorism charges, will be freed. He is said to have traveled to the region with two Canadians jihadists who were killed in the attack on the In Amenas gas facility by Mokhtar Belmokhtar's Signed in Blood Battalion. Yoon has alleged he was tortured while in jail.