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Burkina Faso confiscates assets of coup plotters

Iran Press TV

Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:20PM

Judicial authorities in Burkina Faso have frozen the assets of 14 individuals believed to have been involved in a recent coup attempt.

On Saturday, authorities froze the assets of General Gilbert Diendere and 13 others believed to have had a role in the coup last week, when the interim president and prime minister were taken hostage by the presidential guards just weeks before elections were due.

Prosecutor Laurent Poda said in a statement released on Saturday that, "Assets will be frozen for three months for 14 individuals, including coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere and his wife Fatou Diendere."

He said that those with frozen assets will only be able to withdraw 300,000 West African CFA franc (512 dollars) each month, adding that the assets of three political parties have also been frozen.

Interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida were arrested by the elite presidential guard on September 16, following which Gen. Gilbert Diendere took power. However, he resigned after nearly a week due to pressure from the West African regional bloc, Burkina Faso's military and protesting citizens.

Kafando and Zida were reinstated on Wednesday.

Zida said on Friday that a 30-day investigation is to be initiated in order to find those with significant roles in the coup to be tried and to reintegrate the others into the army.

Furthermore, Kafando on Friday issued a decree to disband the presidential guard. He also fired the country's security minister.

The elections, which were originally due on October 11, were postponed by Prime Minister Zida for several weeks.

According to the Burkinabe government, at least 11 people died and 271 were wounded in the violence that ensued the coup.

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