Burkina Faso: Army Traitors’ Unit Disbanded, Assets Frozen

Burkina Faso: Army Traitors Unit Disbanded, Assets Frozen
Burkina Faso’s elite presidential guard was trained by France

AFRICANGLOBE – The state prosecutor of Burkina Faso on Saturday froze the assets of General Gilbert Diendere, who led a failed coup last week in which his men took the president and prime minister hostage just weeks before elections.

The prosecutor said in a statement he was also freezing the assets of 13 others suspected of links to the coup as well as the political party of former President Blaise Compaore and three other parties.

This comes as the government held its first cabinet meeting since President Michel Kafando was restored to power and having disbanded the elite unit that was behind the failed coup.

Kafando fired the security minister and established a commission to identify the coup leaders.

Eleven people were killed and more than 200 wounded in clashes between anti-coup protestors and the presidential guard.

The unit has apologised for its actions and is now being disarmed.

Burkina Faso had planned on holding elections on October 11th, but it is not clear yet if the vote will go ahead.