Madagascar Arrests High-Ranking Military, Police Personnel Over Failed Plot to Kill President

An attorney general in Madagascar announced the arrests of active and retired military and police personnel linked to the failed plot to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina.

The latest arrests include 12 active military and police personnel, including five generals, two captains, and five non-commissioned officers, Attorney General Berthine Razafiarivony told a press briefing on Aug. 1

Razafiarivony further said that four retired national and foreign police and military personnel, as well as five civilians, were also arrested.

The total number of people arrested and investigated in connection to the failed assassination attempt is now at 21.

Last week, six people, including two French citizens, were initially arrested in suspicion of being involved in the plot.

Authorities also seized €209,300 ($248,319), two cars, and a shotgun, Razafiarivony said.

Last month, authorities announced that they had prevented a plot to “eliminate and neutralize,” the president and several other people, following another failed attempt to assassinate the head of the national police force.

Rajoelina first seized power in 2009 from Marc Ravalomanana with the support of the military. Then, he beat Ravalomanana in the 2018 election that was surrounded by fraud allegations.

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