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Former president sentenced to death

Former Malian president Moussa Traore and his wife Mariam were condemned to death on Tuesday after they were convicted of economic crimes, AFP reported. Traore’s brother-in-law and former head of customs Abraham Douah Cissoko was given the same sentence. They had been charged with “embezzling public funds, illicit enrichment and complicity in illicit enrichment.”

Traore, who led Mali for 23 years until 1991, had already been sentenced to death in 1992 in a separate trial for “crimes of violence” but President Alpha Oumar Konare commuted the sentence five years later to life imprisonment. The court acquitted former finance minister Tiena Coulibaly and Moussa Kone, who once represented the Malian Development Bank in Paris.

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