Detained Mali coup leader on hunger strike

AP News
Posted: Mar 20, 2014 9:27 AM

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Lawyers for Mali's detained former coup leader say he is on a hunger strike to protest being moved to a town south of the capital.

Amadou Haya Sanogo is now held in Selingue, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) south of Bamako.

One of his attorneys, Djibrille Coulibaly, said Thursday the move was unnecessary and that they are seeking his return to Bamako.

Sanogo is detained in connection with the deaths of more than 20 soldiers who were loyal to President Amadou Toumani Toure, who was ousted in a coup in March 2012.

He is charged with complicity in the kidnapping and killing of the soldiers, whose bodies were discovered in a mass grave in December.

Sanogo and his soldiers overthrew Toure and later handed power to a transitional civilian government.