Bamako attacks: Fawaz Ould Ahmed will answer for crimes of which he is suspected

Doubt remained until the last minute on the presence of Mauritanian Fawaz Ould Ahmed on the dock of the Special Anti-Terrorism Court.

It is a relief for the family of Fabien Guyomard, victim of terrorism at the age of 30, in 2015, in Bamako.The trial of the alleged perpetrators of the Radisson Blu and La Terrasse attacks, who killed 25 people in the Malian capital, opened Tuesday in the presence of the main defendant, the jihadist Fawaz Ould Ahmed alias "Ibrahim 10".

A doubt remained until the last minute on the presence on the dock of the Special Antiterrorist Court of this Mauritanian in his forties, a senior executive of the terrorist group Al-Mourabitoune, affiliated with Al-Qaida.

Rumors had indicated that this lieutenant of the Algerian jihadist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar was one of some 200 detainees released in early October in exchange for four hostages, including Frenchwoman Sophie Pétronin and Malian politician Soumaïla Cissé.

But as an AFP journalist noted, he was taken from his cell and taken hooded in an armored van to the court, placed under high security, by elite police officers in the face also hidden.

It was not traded for Sophie Pétronin

"It's good that he has access to justice, he will have his little truth to say, and why he did this and that", declared on the sidelines of the hearing his lawyer, Tiessolo Konaré, a tenor of the bar who defended the former 2012 coup leader in Mali, Captain Amadou Sanogo.

"It's important to have this type of trial," added the lawyer, confident that he "thought that the trial would not take place" and that "his client would not be there." He explained that he had received the Ibrahim file 10 “two or three weeks ago”.

Posted Date: 2020-12-26

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