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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Madagascar Authorities Arrest Presidential Assassination Suspects

Authorities in Madagascar announced they have arrested several “foreign and Malagasy” suspects who were allegedly plotting to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina.

The suspects were later identified by the prosecutor’s office as Paul Rafanoharana, a Franco-Malagasy, and Philippe Francois, a Frenchman.

Madagascar’s Attorney General Berthine Razafiarivony said that Rafanoharana and Francois as part of an investigation “into an attack on state security.”

“At this stage of the investigation, which is ongoing, the prosecutor general’s office assures we will shed light on this case,”  said Razafiarivony.

Madagascar state media claimed the two suspects are retired military officers but gave no other details. 

“According to the evidence in our possession, these individuals had devised a plan for the elimination and neutralization of a number of people including the head of state,”  added Razafiarivony.

Madagascar’s public security minister announced earlier that six people had been arrested: one foreign national, two bi-nationals, and three Madagascan nationals.

There is no information yet on the other suspects from the prosecutor’s office but investigations were under way and further details could not be disclosed to the media. 

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