Malian anti-corruption activist Clément Dembélé reappeared on Friday May 22 after being brought before a prosecutor. Arrested on May 9, he was charged with “inciting the military to disobedience and violence”, charges which are officially unrelated to his anti-corruption activities. Released, he must however appear again in court on July 1.
With our correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel
Rather emaciated after 13 days in detention, Clément Dembélé spoke to the press in the local language as soon as he left. He was effectively arrested by the intelligence services of Mali, before being handed over to justice with a file. He was heard by the prosecutor on Friday May 22.
” I am accused of calling the military to disobediencelaunched Clément Dembélé in front of a crowd who came to listen to him. I trust Malian justice “, has followed the anti-corruption activist before thanking everyone who supported him during his detention.
Video on social networks
However, the case is not over. Clément Dembélé is scheduled to appear in court on July 1. Everything could be played on several points. First there is a video he posted on social media. His supporters swear there is nothing in the document that calls on the military to ” disobedience ” Others think the opposite.
Then, during his arrest, the academic Clément Dembélé was also questioned on other subjects, in particular the latest erected barricades overnight by young people in Bamako, who blocked traffic by burning tires. Or even on his links with certain Malian personalities.