Belgium wants Mauritian arrested

15th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 August 2007 , BRUSSELS (AFP) - A Belgian judge has issued an international arrest warrant for the son of a former Mauritanian president for his alleged links to a drugs ring, a local paper reported Tuesday.

15 August 2007

BRUSSELS (AFP) - A Belgian judge has issued an international arrest warrant for the son of a former Mauritanian president for his alleged links to a drugs ring, a local paper reported Tuesday.

The judge, in the northern Belgian town of Malines, signed the warrant for the arrest of Sidi Mohamed Ould Haidallah, eldest son of former president Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah, Het Laatste Nieuws reported on its website.

Mohamed Ould Haidallah was arrested in Morocco last month on drug trafficking charges.

Police there said he was arrested with a Moroccan accomplice while in possession of 18 kg of cocaine.

The Belgian arrest warrant spoke of a cocaine trafficking "on a large scale" using the northern Belgian port of Antwerp.

Two Belgian nationals have already been arrested in connection with the trafficking ring, the paper said.

The daily added that Morocco did not wish to extradite the suspect to Belgium before they had brought him to trial.

He is also wanted by Interpol after the discovery in May of a large quantity of drugs near the Mauritanian town of Nouadhibou.

Khouna Ould Haidalla, who ruled Mauritania from 1980-84, was a candidate in the recent presidential elections.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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