How Mali's wanted jihadists are escaping justice

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Since France’s military intervention in Mali in 2013 put an end to an offensive by Islamic extremists occupying the north of the country, and despite the subsequent UN peacekeeping mission to help stabilize the former French colony, it remains blighted by insecurity. Amid the continuing tensions, the government stands accused of a strategy of clemency towards senior jihadists who led a reign of terror during their occupation of the north. The vast majority of them have been allowed to escape justice, while the few who were placed in jail have been discretely freed, apparently in prisoner exchange deals. Rémi Carayol reports.

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At the end of his trial on August 18th 2017, a court in the Malian capital Bamako found Aliou Mahamane Touré guilty of charges of threatening State security, illegal possession of weapons, associating with a criminal gang and grievous bodily harm.  ten-year jail sentence. Touré was handed a ten-year prison sentence.