In Mali, General Moussa Diawara was arrested on Thursday, July 29, and imprisoned in Bamako. He was prosecuted from a legal source in connection with the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Birama Touré, who has given no sign of life since January 2016. It is also directed at Karim Keïta, son of former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.
Former Chief of Staff of the National Guard, General Moussa Diawara, led mainly the Malian intelligence services throughout the IBK era, from his election as president in 2013 to his resignation through a coup in August. He was arrested and charged, in particular with aiding and abetting kidnapping, kidnapping, torture and criminal associations. Dramé, currently a refugee in France, questions the Malian services.
According to these testimonies, especially from a soldier and a former fellow prisoner of Birama Touré, the journalist was imprisoned in a secret state security prison, outside all legal limits, tortured and then killed.
It is probably on these accusations that Malian justice wants to hear the former head of the Malian services. Just like she wants to hear Karim Keita: the son of the former president, presented as an orderer, has been the subject of an international arrest warrant since the beginning of the month. After the coup that overthrew his father, whose intelligence service General Moussa Diawara led for seven years, he fled to the Ivory Coast where he remains today.
In another register, in August last year, a UN expert report accused General Moussa Diawara of obstructing the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement, by favoring certain actors to the detriment of others and with the intention of accumulating delays. UN experts also accused him of freeing drug traffickers in exchange for money.
Discreetly because of his profession, General Moussa Diawara had even felt his thin mustaches for malians in March 2019, when videos of his lavish birthday had been spread on social networks. For his 50th birthday, the person who still led the state security had offered the services of the Congolese star Fally Ipupa, before he received a 4×4 as a present, under the eyes of political and military officials invited to his villa.
In Mali, General Moussa Diawara was arrested on Thursday and detained in Bamako. From a legal source, he was specifically accused of aiding and abetting kidnapping, kidnapping, torture and criminal associations, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Birama Touré, who has no longer shown signs of life since January 2016.
Reached by telephone, Maître Éric Moutet, lawyer for Birama Touré’s family, is very happy that this person will now be heard by the judge. On a case that has dragged on for several years now, we are really happy about the ride that the Malian judge made. “
I do not know his degree of commitment, or whether even if he were, but anyway, in his capacity as head of this service, his hearing is an important element
Eric Moutet, lawyer for the Birama Touré family
“I can imagine [sur quoi le juge souhaite l’entendre], insofar as the person arrested is a former director of state security, he adds, we have a number of elements that tend to support the hypothesis of arrest, detention and even torture in this service by Birama Touré, it seems logical that this person heard by the investigating judge. This is absolutely necessary. We expect a lot from it, of course because it’s the same – I do not know his degree of interference, or if it was even – but in any case, in his capacity as head of this service, his hearing is a key element. ”
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