Burkina Faso Freezes Failed Coup Leaders’ Assets

Burkina Faso is freezing the assets of the leaders of the recent failed coup in which the president and prime minister were taken hostage just weeks before elections were scheduled to be held.

State prosecutor Laurent Poda made the announcement Saturday, saying the move will apply to coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere and 13 other individuals, as well as three political parties linked to former president Blaise Compaore.

The decision, which applied to financial and property assets, is part of a crackdown against the coup leaders and their perceived supporters and comes one day after the Cabinet disbanded the elite presidential guard that staged the failed coup.

The guard arrested Interim President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida on September 16. Diendere then took power, but stepped down after pressure from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, Burkina Faso's military and demonstrating citizens. Kafando and Zida were reinstalled as the transitional government on Wednesday. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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