Mali: The head of doue Amadou Sanogo held from November 30 (justice)

The head of the Malian doue, general Amadou Sanogo will be judged before the Assizes in Bamako from 30 November for "murder and complicity" of assassination of soldiers whose bodies were found in a mass grave in 2013, we learned Friday of judicial source.

"The Attorney general at the Court of appeal of Bamako informed opinion of opening November 30, 2016, of an Assize session during which the Amadou Sanogo case will be mentioned and several other accused of abduction of people, murder and complicity", says an official statement, of which AFP has obtained a copy.

"Due to the particularity of the record and for the purpose of maintaining order and safety during this trial, the prosecutor general's office has installed in its midst a secretariat dedicated", adds the release without giving details on the co-accused of Mr. Sanogo.

General Sanogo, incarcerated since end of 2013, is charged in the case of the "Red Berets", soldiers opposed to the putsch of March 2012, which toppled president Amadou Toumani Touré and whose bodies were found in December 2013 in a mass grave at Diago, near Bamako.

The Red Berets vainly attempted a counter-coup a month later before be pursued by the putschists. According to the Malian penal code, general Sanogo risk the death penalty. Before the coup of March 22, 2012, Amadou Sanogo was an obscure Malian army captain. He was then promoted general before falling into disgrace at the end of a transition resulting in 2013 on the election to the Presidency of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

This coup precipitated the rout of the army against the Tuareg rebellion and to jihadist groups in the North of the Mali.Cette part of the country had then fallen under the control of groups linked to Al-Qaeda, first Allied of the rebellion, which they had then ousted.

The jihadists have been scattered and largely driven out as a result of the launch in January 2013, at the initiative of the France, an international military intervention that continues today. But entire areas are still beyond the control of Malian and foreign forces.


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