Burkina Faso strikes back, freezes accounts of coup leaders and ex-president Compaore’s allies

Announcement came just after last Friday's dissolution of the Presidential Security Regiment, a former presidential guard for deposed leader.

BURKINA Faso authorities over the weekend ordered the freezing of accounts of 18 individuals and groups who were suspected of involvement in the recent failed coup in the country.

The announcement came just after last Friday’s dissolution of the Presidential Security Regiment, a former presidential guard for deposed President Blaise Compaore, which carried out the aborted coup.

Among those whose accounts were frozen were coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere, a former army boss under Compaore, as well as his wife.

The Congress for Democracy and Progress, the former ruling party and its chairman Wend-Vennem Eddie Constance Hyacinthe Komboigo were equally slapped with the same measures by the public prosecutor.

Several other political leaders close to the former president, as well as allied political parties, were slapped by the same measure which authorises them to only withdraw a sum of 300,000 CFA Francs (about $500) from their accounts every month.

The transition government equally announced the creation of a commission of inquiry on the coup that left 11 people dead and 271 others injured. 

The commission which will have to give its report within 30 days, is expected to “identify those responsible, the financiers, accomplices as well as soldiers and civilians who were involved in the coup.” 

A statement from the cabinet indicated that “judicial proceedings against those involved will begin immediately.”

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