Death sentence

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The Independent Online
Bamako (Reuter) - Mali's ex- president Moussa Traore and three senior army officers were sentenced to death after being convicted of mass murder.

The high court said that in 1991 Traore ordered security forces to open fire on opposition demonstrators in the capital, Bamako, and provincial cities, killing 106 people. The carnage which ensued led army officers to overthrow Traore.

The first trial of a former African president overthrown by a pro-democracy uprising began in November. Traore and his co-accused pleaded not guilty.

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