RFI off air in Benin, journalist interrogated: sources

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Broadcasts by Radio France Internationale (RFI) have been interrupted and its local correspondent questioned early Tuesday, several sources told AFP.

The radio's FM signal went dead shortly after midnight and there was no immediate official explanation.

RFI's correspondent in Benin, Raissa Gbedji, was interrogated by the media regulatory body, the sources said.

The radio had on Monday reported a request made by a majority of parliamentarians last week that President Boni Yayi be formally charged and tried by the high court for "abuse of authority and perjury."

Fifty deputies out of the 83 that make up Benin's parliament accused Yayi, a former banker, of involvement in an alleged swindle by an insurance company, ICC Services, that "ruined" a large number of people who had "the misfortune to put their trust in the government."

Yayi, the deputies argued, supported the business of ICC Services, which in turn funded the presidency and associated organisations.

On July 7, the president fired his interior minister Armand Zinzindohoue in connection with the affair.

Yayi was elected president in March 2006, after pledging a fight against corruption and a return of economic growth during his election.

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