Victims sense justice at Mali coup trial

gen-amadou-haya-sanogoFrom RUDD KONTE in Bamako, Mali
BAMAKO, (CAJ News) – THE trial of the leader of Mali’s bloody 2012 coup, Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo, underscores progress in tackling the culture of impunity in the West African country.

The trial and that of 17 co-defendants, including some members of the Malian army, began yesterday (Wednesday) in the southern Sikasso.

They are accused of the abduction and killing of 21 elite “Red Berets,” who were detained and forcibly disappeared between April 30 and May 1, 2012.

They were accused of involvement in an April 30 counter-coup against Sanogo and his loyalists after they supplanted President Amadou Toure.

Other abuses included sexual violence, pillage and torture of suspected Islamists.

Corinne Dufka, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch said for far too long, men like Sanogo were considered untouchable and above the law.

“Today, the victims and family members of those allegedly abducted and murdered by the defendants are one step closer to getting justice,” said Dufka.

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