Madagascar soldiers paid to mutiny

2012-07-25 22:46
Members of the army and police take up positions during a mutiny by troops at a military camp near Madagascar's main airport in Antananarivo. (AFP)

Members of the army and police take up positions during a mutiny by troops at a military camp near Madagascar's main airport in Antananarivo. (AFP)

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Antananarivo - The soldiers who staged a mutiny last weekend near Madagascar's main airport were paid to take up the revolt, the head of security for the island's capital said on Wednesday.

They each received $4.40 - $6.60 to wage the mutiny on Sunday, General Richard Ravalomanana told AFP.

That would be a decent payout in a nation where 81% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day.

Ravalomanana said authorities were still investigating to determine who was behind the attack.

"The investigation is under way. Yesterday (Tuesday) 130 people were questioned, the investigation will continue," he said.

Three people, including the leader of the Sunday mutiny, were killed when paramilitary police and soldiers retook the base.

One soldier told an opposition radio station that the mutiny was a coup, but no other public demands were made.

The incident came three days before Wednesday's landmark talks between the island's ruler Andry Rajoelina and the man he toppled in 2009, Marc Ravalomanana.

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