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Mali Junta Leader Pardons Detained Ivorian Soldiers

Colonel<a href=httpshowafricacom> <a>Assimi<a href=httpshowafricacom> <a>Goita speaks to the press at the Malian Ministry of Defence in Bamako Mali on August 19 2020 after confirming his position as the<a href=httpshowafricacomcategoryafrican celeb profiles> president<a> of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People CNSP The military junta that took power in Mali on August 19 2020 asked that the population resume its activities and cease vandalism the day after the coup that ousted<a href=httpshowafricacomcategoryafrican celeb profiles> President<a> Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and his government Photo by MALIK KONATE AFP

 

Mali’s military junta leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, pardoned the 49 Ivorian soldiers convicted of undermining Mali’s state security and conspiracy against the government on Friday.

The pardon comes one week after 46 of the soldiers were sentenced to 20 years in prison. The three women who had been freed early September were tried in absentia and sentenced to death.

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Government spokesperson, Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga, shared the news on national Malian television

“His Excellency Col. Assimi Goita, President of the Transition, Head of State granted his pardon with full remission of sentences to the 49 Ivoirians convicted by the Malian courts”

This gesture by colonel Goita is prompted as a way to keep the peace between the neighboring countries

“This gesture, which once again, demonstrates his attachment to peace, dialogue, pan-Africanism, and the preservation of fraternal and secular relations with the countries of the region,” added Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga.

The 49 soldiers were detained in July when they went to work for Sahelian Aviation Services, a private company contracted to work in Mali by the United Nations. A January 1rst deadline set by ECOWAS for Mali to release the soldiers was missed but ECOWAS decided not to sanction the country.

 

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