Burk­ina Faso coup leader Gen Dien­dere ‘in cus­tody’

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Gen Gil­bert Dien­dere - the leader of last month’s short-lived coup in Burk­ina Faso - is in the cus­tody of the coun­try’s se­cu­rity forces, sources say.

Some re­ports sug­gest he ear­lier sur­ren­dered at an un­named diplo­matic mis­sion in the cap­i­tal Oua­gadougou.

In­terim Pres­i­dent Michel Kafando was re­in­stated last week af­ter in­ter­ven­tion from the army and West African lead­ers.

The pres­i­den­tial guards’ unit that car­ried out the coup is to be dis­banded.

“He [Gen Dien­dere] has been handed over to Burk­in­abe author­i­ties,” a ju­di­cial source was quoted as say­ing by Reuters.

The gen­eral had ear­lier taken refuge at the res­i­dence of the Vat­i­can’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Burk­ina Faso, re­ports say.

De­tails of his re­ported sur­ren­der are still un­clear.

The fi­nan­cial as­sets of Gen Dien­dere and another 13 peo­ple sus­pected of in­volve­ment in the coup were frozen last week.

Sep­a­rately, the first full meet­ing of the gov­ern­ment since Mr Kafando’s re­in­state­ment de­cided to dis­band the pres­i­den­tial guard (RSP) and to dis­miss the min­is­ter in charge of se­cu­rity.

The RSP - a unit of 1,200 wellarmed and well-trained men - is loyal to Blaise Com­paore, the coun­try’s long-time ruler who was ousted last year.

Gen Gil­bert Dien­dere

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