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Mali's coup leader arrested

File - Malian military junta leader captain Amadou Sanogo speaking at the Kati military camp near Bamako. Sanogo, who led a March 2012 coup in Mali, was detained on November 27, 2013 for questioning by a judge investigating alleged abuses committed by his followers. (AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO)

BAMAKO, Mali: The military strongman who led last year's military coup in Mali has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, in a bold turnaround for Mali's civilian government which had previously shied away from confronting the powerful junta leader.

The country's chief prosecutor, Daniel Tessougue, confirmed by telephone that Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo had been taken into custody. He indicated that further charges could be filed later, saying: "For the moment Sanogo has been inculpated for complicity in kidnapping. Other charges could be added later."

After grabbing power in a March 2012 coup, he is accused of systematically torturing and executing soldiers who questioned his grip on power. Although forced to hand power to a civilian government, he remained a power behind the scene for months.

 

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