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Detained Mali soldiers start hunger strike

Published on Jan 8, 2014 6:36 AM

BAMAKO (REUTERS) - Thirty-two Malian soldiers have started a hunger strike in protest over the failure of the authorities to charge them since their arrest last November at the house of an ex-junta leader, their lawyer said on Tuesday.

The soldiers were detained on Nov 27 at the house of General Amadou Sanogo but they have yet to appear before a judge or to be formally indicted, their lawyer Tiessolo Konare said.

Sanogo led a coup in March 2012 that plunged Mali into chaos. He was arrested at the same time as the men, Mr Konare said.

"The hunger strike started yesterday and they have all stopped eating. It's an indefinite strike because they would rather die of hunger than die of shame," Mr Konare told Reuters.

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