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In Mali, opening of an investigation for “endangering state security”

Malian justice announced, Monday, December 28, the opening of an investigation for “Attack on state security”, confirming for the first time that she suspects the involvement of personalities recently arrested in a project to destabilize the institutions, four months after the putsch which overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

“Following a denunciation of the security services reporting acts of attack on the security of the State, a preliminary investigation was opened at the level of the Judicial Investigation Service (SIJ) of the national gendarmerie”Bamako prosecutor Mamoudou Kassogué said in a statement. “The people involved (…) have been made available to this unit for investigation purposes ” who “Currently continuing”, he added.

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Mr. Kassogué is the first official personality to speak on the arrest since December 21 of half a dozen personalities by the General Directorate of State Security (DGSE). The most prominent figure cited by the prosecutor is activist and star radio host Mohamed Youssouf Bathily, known as “Ras Bath”, very popular among young people.

A half-brother of former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé, Aguibou Tall, or the secretary general of the presidency, Sékou Traoré, are also on this list of people targeted by the investigation. Boubou Cissé, the last prime minister of President Keïta, had formally denied on December 23 any involvement in a project to destabilize the institutions of the transition supposed to bring civilians back to power in eighteen months.

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On December 24, unidentified armed men searched the home of Mr. Cissé in Bamako in his absence, according to his lawyers.

The personalities arrested received on December 24 and 27 a visit to the gendarmerie camp by a delegation from the Malian Human Rights Association (AMDH), the NGO announced. They should be presented quickly to the prosecutor, who can decide whether or not to charge them, or even to remand them in custody.