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MALI – Former Communications Minister Mahamadou Camara charged with embezzlement

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The former Malian Minister of Communication and the former Chief of Staff of the Malian Presidency, Mahamadou Camara, was indicted and placed, on Thursday, September 23, under a warrant of indictment by the Supreme Court.  

He is being sued for damage to public property, corruption and influence peddling in two cases, including the one concerning the acquisition of a presidential aircraft and another concerning military equipment contracts, acquired in 2014.

However, in 2020, after spending nearly a month in prison on the same charges, Camara was released following the annulment by the Bamako Court of Appeal of the proceedings against him.

The former chief of staff of the ousted former president Ibrahim Boubacar Kéïta (IBK), who had retired from political life to devote himself to his activities in the media sector, is still in the focus of the justice system.

Two other heavyweights of the IBK regime were imprisoned on 26 August last by the Supreme Court Trial Chamber in the same cases. They are Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, former Prime Minister, and Bouaré Fily Sissoko, former Minister of Economy and Finance.

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In a report by the Auditor General on the two files, published in October 2014, it appears that the total amount of financial irregularities amounts to more than 51 million dollars (28,549,901,190 FCFA) including more than 22 million (12,422,063,092 FCFA) in fraud. 

These arrests corroborate the commitment made by the transitional authorities to fight against mismanagement of public funds, corruption and impunity. For the power in place, any suspected person will be questioned, regardless of their rank.

Source : AgenceAfrique


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