Karim Keita, one of the sons of former Malian head of state Ibrahima Boubacar Keita, is the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol on Monday 5 July 2021 as part of an investigation into the disappearance of an investigative journalist on 29 January 2016. Birama Touré, about 50 years old, worked for the Malian weekly Le Sphinx. Karim Keïta, who fled to Côte d’Ivoire following the coup that led to her father’s resignation in August 2020, is being hunted down by Interpol, an international criminal police organization.
Karim Keita will not sleep well in the days to come. The former deputy and eldest son of former Malian President Ibrahima Boubacar Keita is the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by the Interpol criminal police, at the request of an investigating judge of the Bamako Commune IV High Court. The motive behind the former MP’s pursuit revolves around an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a journalist named Birama Touré on 29 January 2016. At the time, his family and staff expressed concern that he had been kidnapped, tortured and killed after several months in detention. According to Adama Dramé, the editor of the privately-owned Malian weekly Le Sphinx, the journalist’s disappearance was noted when he began to approach the former president’s son about a case that would be compromising for him. So, Karim Keita is probably the number one suspect in this intriguing case that’s been going on for over five years.
Remember that the eldest son of the former president was elected MP in 2013 and re-elected in 2020. He was ironically called “vice president” by opponents because of the privileges he had in government as well as the suspicions of corruption that weighed on him. He even resigned as chairman of the National Assembly’s Defence Committee in July 2020, when the challenge against the IBK regime was at its peak.