A recent parliamentary report has accused former Comoros President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi and his successor, Ikililou Dhoinine, of embezzling millions of dollars in a state-of-the-art passport sale program to stateless people.
The former President of Comoros, Ahmed Abdallah Sambi has been charged and detained in connection with an investigation into embezzlement during a large-scale passport fraud, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Sambi was in power from 2006 to 2011 and is one of the main opponents of the current regime. He has been under house arrest for four months and accused of breaching public order. Sambi has denied all accusations leveled against him.
On Monday, a judge charged him with corruption, misappropriation of public funds, complicity in forgeries and use of false in a passport fraud scandal.
Comoros launched a programme with the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait in 2008 to sell citizenship to stateless people in those countries in return for cash to help develop the nation.
A probe by the Comoros parliament and released earlier this year found that thousands of passports were sold outside official channels and at least $100 million of revenues went missing.