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Burkina Faso Army Steps up Pressure, Arrests Ex-minister

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 01:26 PM

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's army stepped up the pressure Tuesday against those behind last week's short-lived coup, surrounding the barracks of coup plotters and arresting a former high-ranking minister accused of collaborating with the mutinous soldiers.

Members of the military also surrounded the presidential palace and radio station on Tuesday.

The army arrested former Foreign Affairs Minister Djibril Bassole, according to army spokesman Capt. Guy Herve Ye. He is accused of supporting Gen. Gilbert Diendere, the military general who led the coup earlier this month. The two are also accused of seeking help from foreign forces.

Bassole has denied the allegations, calling it a "demonization campaign" against him. Bassole, a high-level diplomat, served under Blaise Compaore, who ruled Burkina Faso for nearly 30 years before being ousted in a popular uprising.

Bassole is among 14 people whose assets have been frozen following the coup.

Coup leader Diendere handed power back to the civilian transitional government last week, but now tensions are growing because his supporters in the elite presidential guard refuse to disarm.

Under a peace deal brokered last week, members of the unit are supposed to disarm and remain in their barracks. But The presidential guard said in a statement Tuesday that they will not accept disarmament under conditions that are "shameful and violent."

"Any attempt of aggression against our regiment will result in a clear, clean and decisive response, as always," the presidential guard said.

Authorities said that presidential guard members found to have played significant roles in the coup earlier this month will face trial, while others will be reintegrated into the army.

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