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Mali 2012 coup leader on hunger strike

Mali's jailed coup leader Amadou Sanogo has gone on hunger strike to protest his transfer from the capital to a prison in the south of the country, his lawyer said Thursday. "To protest against his transfer, which is in fact a deportation to Selingue, my client began a hunger strike on Wednesday evening," Toure Harouna told AFP. A close aide to Judge Yaya Karembe, who jailed Sanogo in late 2013, said the transfer to the southern city of Selingue, 140 kilometres (85 miles) south of Bamako, was "perfectly legal".

Five bodies exhumed in Mali thought to be murdered soldiers

Five bodies thought be the remains of soldiers murdered over their allegiance to overthrown Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure were exhumed near the capital Bamako on Sunday, a judicial source told AFP. Yaya Karembe, the judge investigating war crimes committed during a coup in 2012 which plunged Mali into chaos, had the bodies dug up from two communal graves, the source said. "We are announcing the discovery on Sunday by a team led by Judge Yaya Karembe of two mass graves containing bodies of five soldiers," the source, who witnessed the discovery, told AFP.

Five bodies exhumed in Mali thought to be murdered soldiers

Five bodies thought be the remains of soldiers murdered over their allegiance to overthrown Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure were exhumed near the capital Bamako on Sunday, a judicial source told AFP. Yaya Karembe, the judge investigating war crimes committed during a coup in 2012 which plunged Mali into chaos, had the bodies dug up from two communal graves, the source said. "We are announcing the discovery on Sunday by a team led by Judge Yaya Karembe of two mass graves containing bodies of five soldiers," the source, who witnessed the discovery, told AFP.

Mali frees hunger-striking soldiers

Thirty-two Malian soldiers arrested with ex-junta chief Amadou Sanogo have been freed six weeks after their arrest, one of their lawyers said on Friday. The soldiers had been denied visits from friends or family, and had been on hunger strike for three days before their release on Thursday, Tiesolo Konare told AFP. The group had been appointed by the government to work for Sanogo just two weeks before all were arrested, Konare said, and were freed on a decision by Defence Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga.

Mali frees hunger-striking soldiers

Thirty-two Malian soldiers arrested with ex-junta chief Amadou Sanogo have been freed six weeks after their arrest, one of their lawyers said on Friday. The soldiers had been denied visits from friends or family, and had been on hunger strike for three days before their release on Thursday, Tiesolo Konare told AFP. The group had been appointed by the government to work for Sanogo just two weeks before all were arrested, Konare said, and were freed on a decision by Defence Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga.

Four bodies exhumed in Mali thought to be murdered soldiers

Four bodies thought be the remains of soldiers murdered over their allegiance to overthrown Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure have been exhumed in the capital Bamako, judicial sources told AFP on Tuesday. Yaya Karembe, the judge investigating war crimes committed during a coup in March last year which plunged Mali into chaos, had the bodies dug up at a cemetery in southern Bamako on Monday night, a source close to the judge said.

Twenty-one bodies found in Mali mass grave

Twenty-one bodies were found overnight Tuesday in a mass grave near Bamako, believed to be the remains of soldiers close to Mali's ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, officials said. "We have found 21 bodies, probably of 'red beret' soldiers, in a mass grave in Diago. The bodies were exhumed," a Malian justice ministry official said. A security official told AFP that "identity cards found in the mass grave seem to confirm that they were missing 'red beret' soldiers."

Twenty-one bodies found in mass grave near Mali capital

Twenty-one bodies, believed to be those of soldiers close to Mali's ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, were found overnight Tuesday in a mass grave near the capital Bamako, officials told AFP. "We have found 21 bodies, probably of 'red beret' soldiers, in a mass grave in Diago. The bodies were exhumed," a Malian justice ministry official said. The information was confirmed by a security official who said "that identity cards found in the mass grave seem to confirm that they were missing 'red beret' soldiers."

Twenty-one bodies found in Mali mass grave

Twenty-one bodies were found overnight Tuesday in a mass grave near Bamako, believed to be the remains of soldiers close to Mali's ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, officials said. "We have found 21 bodies, probably of 'red beret' soldiers, in a mass grave in Diago. The bodies were exhumed," a Malian justice ministry official said. A security official told AFP that "identity cards found in the mass grave seem to confirm that they were missing 'red beret' soldiers."

Twenty-one bodies found in mass grave near Mali capital

Twenty-one bodies, believed to be those of soldiers close to ousted president Amadou Toumani Toure, were found overnight Tuesday in a mass grave near the Mali capital Bamako, judicial and security officials told AFP. "We have found 21 bodies, probably of 'red beret' soldiers, in a mass grave in Diago. The bodies were exhumed," a Malian justice ministry official said. The information was confirmed by a security official. sd/lc/ec
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