French embassy attacker sentenced to death in Mali

29th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

A 24-year-old Tunisian was sentenced to death in Mali on Tuesday for an attack on the French embassy in Bamako in January, his lawyer said.

"My client, who was tried on Monday for terrorism and escaping from prison, was sentenced to death" by a court in Bamako, Bachir Simoun's lawyer Waly Diawara told AFP.

Simoun, armed with a hand gun, an explosive device and a grenade, attacked the embassy on January 5. A Malian later died of injuries sustained in the attack.

Simoun escaped from prison in February while awaiting trial, but was arrested in Gao in the north of Mali two days later.

The jailbreak led to the sacking of the director of state security Mami Coulibaly and several men responsible for guarding the prisoner in a secret location.

Simoun had claimed membership of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, but had acted alone, according to investigators.

While capital punishment can still be imposed by Malian courts, it has not been carried out for years.

© 2011 AFP

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