Burkina Faso Coup Leader Taken Into Custody, Government Says

The general who led a short-lived coup in Burkina Faso last month has been handed over to the authorities in the West African nation after seeking refuge in a diplomatic mission, the government said.

General Gilbert Diendere was taken into custody on Thursday, the government information service said in a statement Friday in the capital, Ouagadougou. All those involved in the coup will receive a fair trial, it said.

“General Diendere and his accomplices must respond to the charges they are facing after their attempt to undermine the march toward democracy and freedom,” it said.

Diendere seized power in Africa’s fourth-biggest gold producer on Sept. 16 before stepping aside a week later under international pressure.

Transitional President Michel Kafando, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday, praised his country’s citizens and the international community for opposing the coup and he promised that democratic elections will be organized. The unrest delayed the country’s first vote since 27-year ruler Blaise Compaore was removed from office last year. Elections had been scheduled for next week.

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