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Two men who beat up former Mali interim president jailed

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Mali’s Justice Minister has revealed that two men, who beat up Mali’s former interim president, Dioncounda Traore, during the occupation of his palace demanding he resigns in May 2012, have been sentenced to five years each in jail.

The court also acquitted a third man of involvement in the attack which was followed a military coup that allowed separatists and Islamists to take control of parts of northern Mali.

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In a statement by Justice Minister Sanogo Aminata Malle, after the court session, the two men were convicted of charges including criminal conspiracy and attempted assassination.

The ex-interim president was hospitalized in France for two months before coming back to Mali. He later authorized a foreign military intervention to oust Islamist militants who threatened Bamako, before handing over power to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in September 2013.

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