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Mali Coup Leader: President Has Been Arrested -- News from Antiwar.com

Mali Coup Leader: President Has Been Arrested -- News from Antiwar.com
The leader of the military coup in Mali said Friday that the president and other top government officials have been arrested and will soon be handed to the courts for trial, but refused to reveal their whereabouts.


photo via BBC News

“These people are safe and sound. We will not touch a hair on their heads. I will hand them over to the courts so that the Malian people know the truth,” Captain Amadou Sanogo said.

Sanogo and the rebel troops he leads toppled the democratically elected government in Mali this week after tensions arose over how to fight the Tuareg insurgents in the north of the country. Mali’s army had grown upset with President Amadou Toumani Toure for not arming them sufficiently enough to quell the Tuareg fighters who had recently returned from fighting for Gadhafi’s side in Libya.

Mali appears to be very unstable from this week’s events. Looting has spread throughout the country and Tuareg fighters…