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Mali: Boubou Cissé claims his innocence

APA-Bamako (Mali)

The former Malian Prime Minister is under an international arrest warrant for "forgery, use of forgery and damage to public property".

Since the fall of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, whose Prime Minister he was, on August 18, 2020, Boubou Cisse had not spoken publicly. On Monday, he broke his silence through a press release to clear his name in the case of the purchase of armoured vehicles from the South African company Paramount. A transaction of 60 million dollars, or 37 billion CFA francs.

" Unlike what those responsible for investigating the case want to believe, I have in no way committed an illegal act in the exercise of my duties," said Boubou Cissé since he was only Minister of Mines "at the time of the conclusion of the contract in October 2015. 

In exile in Cote d'Ivoire, the former Malian leader explained that he has "never sought to run away from (his) responsibilities or to escape (his) duties as a citizen, as long as the justice system of (his) country remains independent and impartial.

For Boubou Cissé, it was the " heavy-handed visit of the police to his home in December 2020 " following the so-called " plot against the government " and the " pressure " exerted on his family that pushed him to move away " momentarily " from Mali.

Moreover, he maintained that his absence "was due to the desire to observe a reserved posture in order to allow the transitional authorities to work as quickly as possible to re-establish the socio-political balance necessary for a rapid return to a regular constitutional order".

Consequently, according to the former Prime Minister, "Malian justice, which has always been dignified, should not be used as a tool to divert public opinion from the real issues at stake at the moment in terms of security, social and economic matters.

The international arrest warrant issued by the Malian judiciary also concerns two other former ministers of IBK and a bank director. Boubou Cissé, for his part, is also in the sights of the prosecutor's office of Commune IV of Bamako because of a telephone recording in which he allegedly spoke badly of the Malian junta with Alassane Ouattara, the president of Cote d'Ivoire.


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