Amnesty International said on Monday that a Malian court’s last-minute postponement of a former junta leader’s trial is a blow to the families of 21 soldiers whose bodies were discovered in a mass grave in 2012 after they were forcibly disappeared.
The trial of General Amadou Haya Sanogo and several military officials, who are accused of
kidnapping, murder, and complicity in the murder of the 21 Malian paratroopers, has been adjourned since December 2016.
It was due to resume on Monday but has been postponed again to a next session of the Criminal Court in Bamako.
Malian authorities have justified the decision on the grounds of consolidating social cohesion and concord within the army.
Adolphus Mawolo reports.