Burkina Faso general accused of leading failed coup facing crimes against humanity charges

By Editorial Board - 17 October 2015 at 8:57 pm
FILE - In this Wednesday Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Burkina Faso coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere, center, greets people at the airport during the arrival of Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou for talks in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso's army took over the barracks of the presidential guard that carried out a short-lived coup this month, barraging them with gunfire Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 after they refused to disarm, the government said. Gen. Gilbert Diendere, who led the coup earlier this month but handed power back last week, called on his followers to lay down arms. (AP Photo, File)

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The military in Burkina Faso have announced that the general who is accused of leading the failed coup last month will be prosecuted on a range of charges which will include “crimes against humanity”.

Sita Sangare, the colonel in charge of military justice said in a press conference on Friday that “11 charges have been filed” against General Gilbert Diendere, most “notably crimes against humanity”. Sangare also mentioned that overall 23 people have been formally charged and continued to say that “possible sentences could include the death penalty if it is established that murder was preceded by cruel treatment or followed by acts of cruelty.”

Last week it was reported that Djibril Bassole, former foreign security minister, was also charge and is accused of supporting the coup. He is facing six charges in total. Bassole was a former joint U.N.-African Union mediator in Sudan’s Darfur conflict. His lawyer said that he denies the charges.

The presidential and parliamentary elections which were initially meant to be held in October but due to the failed coup were delayed are now to be held on November 29 this year.

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