military justice opens investigation into Moura massacres

According to witnesses and the NGO Human Rights Watch, summary executions of civilians and rapes took place between 27 and 31 March in this region of central Mali. A version contradicted by the Malian army.

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On Wednesday evening, April 6, Malian military justice announced the opening of investigations into the massacres in Moura, a city in the center of the country. Testimonials report the mass execution of civilians by Malian soldiers and foreign fighters between March 27 and 31.

These investigations were opened by the National Gendarmerie commissioned by the Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs”writes the prosecutor at the military court of Mopti, a large city near Moura. The prosecutor goes “Very fast” on site with investigators and a medical examiner, the statement said.

For his part, the UN envoy to Mali, El-Ghassim Wane, assured that he… “necessary that the Malian authorities provide the necessary cooperation so that the Minusma [La mission de Casques bleus de l’ONU] has access to the site of alleged violations, in accordance with its mandate”

The versions of witnesses and the NGO Human Rights Watch report hundreds summary executions of civilians, rapes and looting committed by Malian soldiers and suspected Russian foreign fighters. The NGO even speaks of the “worst episode of atrocities” committed since the outbreak of violence in Mali in 2012.

these releases diametrically opposed to that of the Malian army, which forcibly regained power in the country in 2020. “neutralized” 203 jihadists during a major operation. On Wednesday, the independent UN expert on human rights in Mali, Alioune Tine, mixed his voice with those of France, the United States, the European Union and the Malian Human Rights Commission to request an investigation. The city of Moura is located in a region that is one of the main centers of violence in the Sahel.

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