The court system and the administration in Madagascar has reported that a plot to assassinate Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina was foiled, with six people arrested, including two Frenchmen.
The country’s Attorney General Berthine Razafiarivony revealed this to the media on Wednesday evening.
”Foreigners and Malagasy were arrested Tuesday as part of an investigation for attacking state security,”
“According to the material evidence in our possession, these individuals have devised a plan for the elimination and neutralization of various Malagasy personalities, including the head of state,” said the prosecutor, without further clarification either on the scaffolded plan or on the circumstances of these arrests.
“Weapons and money were seized” during the simultaneous arrests “but in different places”, as well as “official documents which prove their involvement”, he insisted.
“The foreigner”, he added without identifying it, “hid behind his economic activity his unhealthy projects”, he accused.
The opposition condemned “any assassination attempt, whether against the Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina, other leaders or against anyone,” reacted Rivo Rakotovao, former interim president of the country.
But “we should not take advantage of this situation to undermine democracy in Madagascar,” he immediately warned, while the current president has control over all political levers and is the subject of criticism. concerning in particular the freedom of the press.
They would be former officers, based on the identity of the two French arrested, whose spouses were also taken into custody.
The French Foreign Ministry told AFP it had been “advised” of their detention, but declined to elaborate.
Officers who have retired Philippe F. manages an investment and advice firm for international investors in Madagascar, according to the registry of firms in Madagascar. According to multiple accounts, this former French army colonel would have arrived on the island in early 2020.
President Rajoelina, to whom Paul R. served as a diplomatic adviser until 2011, is a Franco-Malagasy.
On the internet, he describes himself as an adviser to the Antananarivo archdiocese who has removed himself, arguing that he is not “responsible for persons using his name without an express mandate.”
After a series of events, justice confirmed Mr. Rajoelina’s victory in the presidential election in January 2019.
This advertising mogul, formerly known as a party organizer, entered politics in 2007 by winning the mayoralty of Antananarivo, earning the moniker “TGV” for his go-getter attitude.
In December, he took control of all political levers by winning a senatorial election that was boycotted by the opposition.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) notes that pressures, intimidation, and threats against journalists have intensified in recent months, particularly amid the pandemic and the ongoing famine in the south.