Burkina Faso coup leader charged for attacking state security

Burkina Faso’s failed coup leader General Gilbert Diendere and former foreign minister under ousted president have been charged with crimes against state security

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

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, on Wednesday Sept. 23, 2015

Updated Jan 24, 2016

General Gilbert Diendere and Djibrill Bassole, former foreign minister of toppled Blaise Compaore government are charged for the unsuccessful coup attempt on September 17.

Crimes Diendere and Bassole are to blame for collusion with foreign forces to destabilise internal security, causing international injury, international destruction of property and murder.

The unit of presidential guards held responsible for carrying out the coup is to be dismissed.

Interim President Michel Kafando have reinstated as president one week after Diendere’s short term takeover.  

Following the power shift, Diendere said that the coup that had been a “waste of time and resources...and human lives” was a mistake and he was ready to take full responsibility.

However, Bassole who supported Campaore’s power extension after his 27-year grip on power denies his involvement with the one-week coup, his lawyer said last week.

Earlier, the pro-coup demonstrators have demanded inclusive elections would pave the way of Compaore loyalists like Basshole to be allowed to run for presidency.

General Diendere was handed over to the government authorities last week by the Vatican Embassy, where he was seeking refuge, government sources said. 

Burkina Faso’s secret service organisation, the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP) unit, was responsible for the security of the top officials carried out two coups in 2014 and 2015 in the West African country.

President Michel Kafando and his government were taken hostage during the coup staged by the organisation on September 2015. Shortly after the army managed to take control with the help of the regional bloc Ecowas and Kafando’s government was restored to power

Kafando was elected as president when former President Blaise Compaore resigned, amid the uprising in October 2014.

According to the interim government, 10 people were killed and more than 113 people were injured during the coup, staged by General Diendere in September.

On Sunday, general and presidential elections are planned to be held in the country.


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