N’DJAMENA – Chad’s minister for morality and good governance has been sacked and charged with corruption. He was accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds meant for cracking down on graft, officials said on Monday.
Ahmadaye Al Hassan was sacked on Sunday (19 February 2012) night as the anti-corruption minister. The state prosecutor and head of the judicial police read him his charges in person on Monday. Al Hassan denied the charges.
A policeman close to the investigation, who asked not to be named, told Reuters that Al Hassan had been accused of diverting several credit lines and stealing some $ 727,000 that had been meant for corruption probes.
Several other officials in Al Hassan’s ministry were arrested late last week.
Chad has produced oil for nearly a decade but the country’s economy has been hamstrung by years of instability and being land-locked.