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Doctor Charged With Plotting to Poison Beninoise President

President Boni Yayi of Republic of Benin

The West African nation of Republic of Benin has charged three suspects accused of plotting to poison President Boni Yayi, the public prosecutor said Tuesday in Cotonou.

“They are formally charged with criminal conspiracy and attempted murder,” Justin Gbenameto told Agence France Presse of the suspects, who include Yayi’s doctor, his niece and an ex-minister.

Gbenameto said they were charged late Monday following their arrests on Sunday.

On Monday, Gbenameto had announced their arrests and described the alleged plot to kill Yayi, also the current chairman of the African Union.

Those arrested were Moudjaidou Soumanou, former minister of commerce; Yayi’s personal doctor Ibrahim Mama Cisse; and Zouberath Kora-Seke, one of Yayi’s nieces who worked at the presidency.

It was alleged that the president’s niece and his doctor were promised one billion CFA francs (1.5 million euros, $2 million) to replace Yayi’s anti-pain medicine with poison.

An aide to the president, speaking on condition of anonymity, has alleged that the plot may have been linked to a decision to end the monopoly of a company supplying materials for the cotton industry as well as a major port contract.

Culled From: The Punch



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  1. Sad story for the family

  2. How am I sure dat dis is not de usual cooked up allegations manifactured by de presidency to eliminate some political rivals. Only open & fair trial in a court of competent jurisdiction will unravel de truth

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