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US News Mali: the indictment chamber must rule on the case of the alleged conspiracy against the State

07:05  23 february  2021
07:05  23 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and several senior officials of Malian institutions are being prosecuted for their participation in an alleged plot against the state. At the end of December, several personalities including radio columnist Ras Bath were arrested by state security, the Malian intelligence services. They have been in detention since, the Malian justice having launched a procedure against them. Defense lawyers are calling for an outright quashing. This Tuesday morning, the indictment chamber of the Bamako Court of Appeal is due to give its decision.

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"An enterprise to destabilize the institutions of the transition", "acts of a subversive nature": they are seven accused, including five in detention for two months .

The radio columnist Ras Bath would have, according to the indictment of the public prosecutor, made remarks aimed "at tarnishing the image of the transitional authorities", in particular that of President Bah N'Daw targeted by remarks deemed insulting, to " to radicalize the positions ”of unions then on strike, and to“ discredit the defense and security forces. "

As for the former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé, who is currently hiding somewhere in Mali, he is accused of having held nightly meetings to organize the fall of the regime and financed trade unions opposed to the transition as well as sacrifices rituals, sacrifices which would have been carried out with the help of the former secretary general of the presidency, Sékou Traoré, also targeted by the procedure. Given his status as a magistrate and his position as secretary general of the presidency with the rank of minister, Sékou Traoré has remained free.

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But a week ago, against all expectations, the attorney general of the indictment chamber , who represents the public prosecutor and therefore defends the interests of Malian society, took over the demands of the defense and himself demanded "the annulment of the proceedings and the lifting of the warrants of committal", that is to say the release of the imprisoned people.

"We are confident, assures the lawyer of one of the accused, if the Advocate General himself recognizes that the file is empty and that State security has committed errors, there is no no reason for the indictment chamber not to follow. "Position shared by another defense lawyer who adds that, depending on the meaning of the decision to be rendered this morning," we will really know whether or not there is a political intrusion "in this legal process.

The other people concerned by this procedure are Vital Robert Diop, director general of the Malian PMU, Aguibou Tall, deputy director general of the State agency Agefau and half-brother of Boubou Cissé, as well as Mahamadou Koné and Souleymane Kansaye, two senior officials of the Malian public treasury.

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