Al-Akhbar reports on Mohamed Ould Bouamatou’s efforts, dating back as far as 2008, to use his bank (the General Bank of Mauritania) to bankrupt Mauritania’s national gas company (SOMEGAZ) through exorbitant rates, which the Mauritanian courts have called usery. It is written that Bouamatou’s bank raised interest rates to 40%, hoping to put the state company to the wall, to the benefit of his own BSA-Gaz. The report is complete with relevant court documents and charts. Bouamatou used similar methods to bankrupt AirMauritanie, before launching his own Mauritania Airways (in conjunction with Tunisair, which has a majority stake, while Bouamatou has 39%). Additional tales from Mauritania and the pillaging of its institutions will follow.