Mali coup leader charged with conspiracy, murder
Malian authorities have changed the indictment against former military coup leader General Amadou Sanogo to a more serious charge of conspiracy to murder which carries the death penalty in the West African nation, his lawyer said yesterday.
Sanogo was arrested and charged with complicity in kidnapping in November over the disappearance during the 2012 coup of dozens of paratroopers loyal to toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure.
But in recent months the investigation has led to some 30 bodies being dug from mass graves around the former junta headquarters in Kati, about 20 km (15 miles) north of the capital Bamako.
“There has been a change in the indictment. Now he is charged with complicity to commit murder,” Harouna Toureh told Reuters, noting that the charge carried the death penalty if found guilty.
The lawyer also said the discovery of the bodies was the reason behind the change in Sanogo’s indictment.