Mali coup leader charged with con­spir­acy, mur­der

Daily Trust - - AFRICA -

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.

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