Former Mali strongman tried for atrocities

Malian junta leader Amadou Haya Sanogo

Malian junta leader Amadou Haya Sanogo

From RUDD KONTE in Bamako, Mali
BAMAKO, (CAJ News) – THE trial of former Malian junta leader Amadou Haya Sanogo is hailed as the first step to end to an agonising wait for justice to torture casualties and families of murder victims.

A COURT south of the country will from today (Wednesday) probe Sanogo and several soldiers under his command for atrocities against FELLOW soldiers accused of supporting ousted President, Amadou Toumani Touré.

The charges also include the enforced disappearances of 21 soldiers between April and May 2012. Their bodies were later found in a mass grave.

Sanogo’s brief rule was characterised by torture, disappearances and extra-judicial executions.

Political and military leaders were arrested and arbitrarily detained and police officers were subjected to enforced disappearance and torture.

“For the victims and their families this trial brings a fresh hope of justice,” said Gaëtan Mootoo, Amnesty International’s West Africa researcher.

Sanogo was arrested in 2013.

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