#Senegal : The Senegalese police announced, on Saturday, that they had arrested and detained two Malians and Senegalese, who had violated the embargo imposed on West African countries against Mali, by trying to deliver more than 2.6 million euros to this country by land.
“A comprehensive search of the vehicle in its trunk revealed three suitcases containing a large sum of money estimated at more than 1.7 billion CFA francs (more than 2.6 million euros).»according to a press release.
“In response to a question about the source and destination of this amount of money, they announced that it would come from the receipts of a company established in Bamako and would be active in selling mobile phones and exporting gold.»Police added, without further details.
The three were arrested “They are on their third voyage for the same sums they carried (previously, editor’s note) by air. The use of the land route for this time resulted from the closure of airspace between Senegal and Mali in the wake of Economic Community of West African States sanctions.»the Economic Community of West African States, she said, without giving dates.
They are set “On probation» An investigation was opened in cooperation with the Customs Administration.
The Economic Community of West African States and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) took a set of strong economic and diplomatic measures against Mali on January 9 to punish the junta’s intention to remain in power for several more years, after two coups in August 2020 and then in May 2021.
They suspended, with immediate effect, all commercial and financial transactions of member states with Mali, except for consumer products and basic necessities.
They also froze Mali’s assets in the ECOWAS central banks and in the commercial banks of member states, and suspended all financial aid and transactions for Mali from the organization’s financing institutions.
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