US places sanctions on Mali coup leaders
04 April 2012, 13:38
Washington - The Obama administration has issued travel restrictions for
leaders of Mali's recent coup and says they should restore civilian
The State Department says coup leader Captain
Amadou Haya Sanogo, some of his followers and their family members will
not be allowed to travel to the US. Sanogo and other soldiers seized
power in the African country on March 21.
A statement on Tuesday
said the action is against "persons who block Mali's return to civilian
rule and democratically elected government".
Toumani Toure was scheduled to finish his term this month, and a new
president was to have been elected. Soldiers said they overthrew the
government because of Toure's handling of a northern insurgency.