Mali launches international warrant against ex-Prime Minister


BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s Supreme Court prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and several other ministers in the former government of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, which was overthrown by the junta military in August 2020.

The decision is probably taken to prevent these political figures from being candidates in the presidential elections scheduled for February 2024.

The mandate, announced Thursday evening, is dated Monday and includes Cissé, as well as the former finance minister, national defense minister and others.

The statement signed by Attorney General Mamoudou Timbo indicates that the Supreme Court of Mali is looking for these political figures in the context of “the opening by the investigating chamber of the Supreme Court of Mali of a judicial investigation into facts qualified as offenses of forgery and use of forgery. forgery, damage to public property and complicity in these offences. »

These former ministers now live in exile in Niger and Côte d’Ivoire, two countries that have strained relations with the transitional government.

Cissé was detained by the junta when it overthrew and detained former President Keita. He was later released, re-arrested a few months later on the charge of attempted coup, and then released again for an error in arrest procedures.

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