Mali: A close friend of Prime Minister Choguel Maïga sentenced to one year in prison

Mali: A close friend of Prime Minister Choguel Maïga sentenced to one year in prison
Mali: A close friend of Prime Minister Choguel Maïga sentenced to one year in prison

In Mali, Boubacar Karamoko Traoré was sentenced on Monday to one year in prison for “undermining the credibility of the State” and “spreading false statements likely to disturb public peace”. He had made the mistake of signing a document on behalf of his party demanding the return of power to civilians.

Boubacar Karamoko Traore had, last May, signed a statement on behalf of the M5-RFP political movement that had remained loyal to Prime Minister Choguel Maïga, with whom he is a close collaborator. In the text, he opposed the possible continuation of the military in power for several more years.

He was arrested and immediately taken into custody. and heard by the cybercrime unit. He was charged with “undermining the credit of the State”, “contempt of court” and “dissemination of false statements likely to disturb social peace”. Since then, he has been in pre-trial detention.

After the one-year prison sentence was handed down, all eyes are on the Prime Minister. He had supported his colleague in his criticism of the junta and this is not the first time that one of his political close associates has had a run-in with the courts. Observers are wondering: Will he speak out or will he swallow the bitter pill once again?

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