Former Mali Prime Minister Boubeye Maiga has been arrested for his role in the purchase of a presidential plane during the rule of ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The arrest was related to Mali’s purchase of a jet in 2014 that is worth $40m. It is alleged that Keita administration overpaid the deal, that was in itself corrupt. The deal led to a political scandal that hurt Keita’s presidency and spooked lenders resulting to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank freezing the financing the West African country.

Boubeye Maiga served as prime minister from 2017-2019 and is seen as a possible candidate in the presidential vote that interim authorities promise to hold next year following Keita’s removal as president last August. The being led by Assimi Goita, the Malian colonel who led the coup and is now interim president.

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