Diendere charged with crimes against humanity

2015-10-16 22:38
General Gilbert Diendere. (File, AFP)

General Gilbert Diendere. (File, AFP)

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Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso's military said on Friday a general accused of leading a failed coup last month would be prosecuted on an array of charges, including "crimes against humanity".

"Eleven charges have been filed" against General Gilbert Diendere, "notably crimes against humanity", said Colonel Sita Sangare, in charge of military justice.

Diendere is accused of leading a power grab by presidential guards loyal to ousted head of state Blaise Compaore on September 17.

The poor Sahel country was brought to the brink of chaos for six days before the putsch collapsed, with its leaders admitting they lacked popular support.

The presidential guard has since been disarmed and formally disbanded.

According to government figures, 14 people were killed and 251 injured in the unrest.

Amnesty International has demanded rebel troops be punished for violence against civilians.

The country's interim government on Wednesday said that presidential and parliamentary elections initially set for October, but delayed by the failed coup, would go ahead on November 29.

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