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Mali’s coup leader summoned by judiciary

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DAKAR, Senegal — The man who led last year’s coup in Mali, reversing two decades of democracy, has been summoned by the nation’s judiciary to answer allegations that he and his men tortured and killed fellow soldiers who didn’t back his rise to power, an official in the ministry of justice confirmed on today.

In addition calling for Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo, the judge issued a mandatory summons for 16 other soldiers implicated in the crimes, the first step in holding the military accountable, said senior researcher for Human Rights Watch Corinne Dufka. The summons is not an arrest, but rights groups are hopeful that the move indicates the judiciary is going to eventually file charges against the country’s military strongman.

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