Talks between the African Union, the United Nations or the European Union have not changed. Former Malian President Bah N’Daw and his last prime minister, Moctar Ouane, are under house arrest in Bamako. They are no longer free from their movements since Colonel Assimi Goïta, who is currently leading the transition, fired them on May 24, 2021. The lawyer they hired two weeks ago complained that they could not meet them.
On Monday, July 26, champion Mamadou Ismaila Konaté introduced herself at the respective homes of Bah N’Daw and Moctar Ouane and Bamako. But in both cases, armed men – “soldiers, perhaps special forces” according to the lawyer – prevented him from entering. This scandalizes the lawyer, who reminds us that his presence with his clients is a right. So far, champions Konaté, Bah N’Daw and Moctar Ouane have exchanged at a distance.
The lawyer explains that he immediately wrote to the interim president, Colonel Assimi Goïta, but also to Prime Minister Choguel Maïga and Justice Minister Mahamadou Kassogué to ask to meet with them and condemn what he considers to be a “rebellious anomaly”. Maître Konaté also indicates that he has taken the president of the Malian Bar Association to officially inform him of this latest incident.
Prior to that, Master Konaté had submitted a request to ECOWAS, the regional body, for the release of the former president and former prime minister. This request has therefore already been submitted and received indicates the lawyer who plans to quickly initiate other proceedings, both in Mali and internationally.
Contacted, the Malian Presidency has not yet responded.