Mali’s coup leader faces court

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Malian coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo.— PHOTO: AP
Malian coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo.— PHOTO: AP

Malian soldiers forcibly took the military strongman who led last year’s coup from his home in the capital Wednesday to see a judge investigating allegations of killings by the junta leader, according to two officials briefed on the matter.

The development indicates that the government of the newly-elected President is not afraid to stand up to Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo, who led the March 2012 coup and is accused of systematically torturing and executing soldiers who questioned his grip on power.

Despite stepping down and handing control to a civilian administration, Sanogo remained a powerful force in Mali for much of 2012, and many believe he was calling the shots.

This August, the country held its first election since the coup, electing a new leader, and in a move applauded by rights groups, the administration has not shied away from confronting Sanogo.

On Oct. 31, a judge issued a summons calling for Sanogo to present himself before the court in order to answer questions regarding his alleged role in the abuses. Sanogo repeatedly failed to show up. — AP



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