President's attackers jailed in Mali

2012-08-28 22:23

Bamako - Three men have been sentenced to six months in jail in Mali after being found guilty of attacking interim President Dioncounda Traore in May, authorities said on Tuesday.

Traore received head injuries in the attack during a protest march. Demonstrators broke into the presidential palace, protesting the naming of Traore as interim leader following a March 22 coup that ousted former President Amadou Toumani Toure.

Following the incident, Traore spent two months in Paris where he received medical treatment. Upon his return to Bamako in July, he publicly forgave his attackers.

"In life, you must know how to forgive," he said at the time. "All Malians should also mutually forgive one another."

Last week, as part of a deal backed by West African bloc Ecowas, Traore named a new interim government designed to strengthen the country and oust insurgents controlling the north through negotiation and possible force.