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Mali: FORSAT boss released under pressure from fellow police officers

AA / BAMAKO / Amarana Maiga

The divisional commissioner, Oumar Samaké, arrested Friday by the Malian justice, was released the same day, under pressure from a crowd of police officers who mobilized for his release.

Arrested by Judge Dembo Macina, of the investigating cabinet of the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Municipality III of Bamako, in connection with the case of the killings of demonstrators on July 10, 11 and 12, 2020, the former commander of the Special Antiterrorist Force “FORSAT”, had been referred to the Central Detention Center in Bamako.

Oumar Samaké, was arrested with several of his companions, the examining magistrate Macina said on Friday.

Sources from the Ministry of Justice, quoted by journalists from the Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision du Mali (ORTM), indicated that it was not “a court decision”, but a reasoned choice. by “a concern for peace…”, because “national unity is above all”.

According to these same sources, it is question of a “political management of the case”, affirming however that “the investigations will continue”.

“This show of force was necessary, legitimate and motivated. We needed a real show of force ”declared, for his part, the police sergeant, Boubacar Arama, spokesperson for the synergy of the police unions before thanking the authorities for having taken steps capable of guaranteeing an outcome. happy with the situation.

“In this case, the police are only a weak link, there are many personalities in Mali who have committed reprehensible acts but who have never been worried. Why, a special forces commander in so many other police forces? “Asks the police warrant officer Aboubacar Keita, about this arrest on Friday.

The adjutant calls on the authorities to conduct investigations that concern all the people likely to be involved in the assassinations perpetrated during the demonstrations of July 10, 11 and 12, 2020 and not a partial investigation.

“FORSAT comes under the Ministry of Security, if there is an order that has been given to it to operate on the ground it falls under the competence of the Security Department”, explained, Adjutant Aboubacar Keita.

“What didn’t work, who gave the order, who did what, do we have proof that it was only FORSAT that was present on the ground? », Keita wonders again, calling for the establishment of an independent commission to take charge of the case.

“I am very happy, this evening, of the release of our comrade, the division commissioner, Oumar Samaké, I confirm aloud, he has indeed been released. We work for the State in the event of serious misconduct, we can sanction the police otherwise, but not in this way, ”insisted a policewoman who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that the commissioner acted under the orders of a commandment.

“In the days to come, we will work together to demand the release of six elements of the Anti-Crime Brigade incarcerated at the Central Detention Center in Bamako and accused of the murder of a young person in Lafiabougou on July 22,” he said. announced the sergeant chief of police, Boubacar Arama.

” Enough is enough. The police have really suffered lately. We have remained observers of the law. We will no longer accept it. At present, the situation for which we have come together is already resolved. We are the actors of security, it is the police who protect the institutions of the State ”, underlines again the spokesperson of the police force, Boubacar Arama.

“We will not lose sight of any police officer, this is the objective of the unions and the fight is only beginning. We must be considered and respected. We will not be scapegoats, we will fight like devils to defend the interests of the national police, ”insisted police warrant officer Aboubacar Keita.

As a reminder, 14 people were killed and 40 others wounded on July 10, 11 and 12, 2020 during demonstrations against former president Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta, organized by the Movement of June 5-gathering of patriotic forces (M5-RFP) , according to the official report of the Malian authorities and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

Six other Malian police officers accused of the murder of a young person in Lafiabougou, a peripheral district of Bamako, on July 22, were referred to the Central Detention Center in Bamako.

The General Directorate of Police, after noting the involvement of the Anti-Crime Brigade to which the six defendants belong, seized the public prosecutor near the court of commune IV and the Police Inspectorate, to identify the responsibilities .

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