• Short Summary

    THE TRIAL OF 11 DAHOMEANS ACCUSED OF PLOTTING AGAINST THE COUNTRY'S INTERNAL SECURITY BEGAN IN COTONOU ON FRIDAY (26 SEPT).

  • Description

    THE TRIAL OF 11 DAHOMEANS ACCUSED OF PLOTTING AGAINST THE COUNTRY'S INTERNAL SECURITY BEGAN IN COTONOU ON FRIDAY (26 SEPT). ONLY FOUR OF THE ACCUSED INCLUDING LT. COL. ALPHONSE ALLEY, DAHOMEY'S FORMER MILITARY RULERS, APPEARED IN COURT. THE OTHERS HAVE FLED THE COUNTRY.

    THE ALLEGED PLOT TO ABDUCT COMMANDANT MAURICE KOUANDETE, THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE COUNTRY'S ARMED FORCES AND PRESIDENT EMILE ZINSOU AND TO TAKE OVER THE GOVERNMENT LED TO THE ARREST OF LT. COL. ALLEY AND SEVERAL OTHERS LAST JULY.

    THEY WERE FORMALLY CHARGED WITH PLANNING WITH ACCOMPLICES TO OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT BY VIOLENCE, ARMING AND INCITING CITIZENS AGAINST EACH OTHER AND STEALING ARMS.

    AFTER THE CHARGES WERE READ THE DEFENCE CHALLENGED THE REGULARITY OF THE PROCEEDINGS. THEY ALSO COMPLAINED THAT COMMANDANT KOUANDETE, IN THEIR VIEW A VITAL WITNESS, WAS NOT IN COURT.

    HE EXPLAINED BY LETTER THAT HE WAS KEPT AWAY BY SERVICE REASONS. THE CASE CONTINUES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8MT7A990JW4M84MAI4BJH7VRQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8MT7A990JW4M84MAI4BJH7VRQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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