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Frenchman among six arrested over plot to assassinate Madagascar president

BUT. French The citizen is one of six people arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attempted assassination MadagascarThe president The life of Andri Rajoelina in the last episode of the political chaos capturing an island in the Indian Ocean.

“One of the detainees is French, two of them are Madagascar and French. The other three are Madagascar, ”Rodellis Fanomezantoa Randrianarison said at a press conference late Thursday evening.

He added that two of those arrested had previously worked for the French military. Madagascar is a former French colony.

According to the island’s attorney general, Bertina Razafiarivoni, local authorities have been investigating the alleged murder since June, said in a statement that the arrests took place on Tuesday.

“According to the evidence we have, these people have developed a plan to eliminate and neutralize various Madagascar figures, including the head of state,” she said.

The details of the operation remain unclear as the authorities still refuse to provide details of the alleged conspiracy.

However, some details of the identity of the two arrested French citizens have become known. Local media called them retired military police officers. One of them turned out to be a businessman advising foreigners on investment opportunities in Madagascar.

The other is a citizen of France and Madagascar, who until 2011 served as an adviser to President Rajoelina. He is also a former French gendarme.

According to AFP, the wives of both men are currently in custody.

Mr Randrianarison said police made simultaneous arrests in different locations and seized money and weapons related to the murder conspiracy.

“There are also official documents confirming their involvement,” he said. “The foreigner was hiding his malicious schemes behind his business activities,” he said.

French Embassy London did not respond to request for comment Independent.

But the French foreign ministry told Reuters that it had been informed of the arrests of French citizens and that they could receive consular assistance if they asked for it.

President Rajoelina, 47, first came to power in the deeply impoverished island nation in a coup in March 2009 toppling Mark Ravalomanan. He remained in control at the head of the transitional government until 2014.

In the 2019 elections, Ravalomanana challenged Rajuelina, lost, and claimed the vote was rigged.

Additional reporting by agencies

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