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Benin poison suspect 'forced to confess'

2012-10-30 18:21

Dakar - The family of a man charged with attempting to poison the president of Benin says authorities are trying to force the suspect to sign a confession by keeping him in a tiny cell without food.

Moudjaidou Soumanou, a former trade minister, was one of three people arrested earlier this month and charged with conspiracy and attempted murder.

The suspects are accused of plotting to swap President Boni Yayi's medicine with a toxic substance in exchange for millions of dollars.

The plot allegedly unravelled when one of the three suspects told someone else who then alerted authorities.

Soumanou's family says he is now being held in a 1m² cell without access to food or daylight. His son-in-law denied the prosecutor's assertion that Soumanou already had confessed to involvement in the attempted poisoning.