A court has charged Mauritania's Interior Ministry secretary-general with corruption, misappropriation of state property and breach of trust.

The court charged Mohamed El Hadi Macina on Friday in a case involving a British company convicted in a bribery scandal.

Prosecutor Khalil Ould Ahmed recommended the charges after Macina's arrest Feb. 12. Macina is in jail and will face trial.

Macina is suspected of corruption from 2006 to 2014 when he was responsible for working on election ballots provided by the British company Smith and Ouzman.

The UK Serious Fraud Office said in December 2014 that the company and two employees were convicted of making corrupt payments totaling 395,000 pounds ($543,000) to public officials for business contracts in Kenya and Mauritania. The company specializes in security documents such as ballot papers.