Coup leaders in Mali have released ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from detention, a spokesman for the junta Djibrilla Maiga said on Thursday.
Reuters quoted him as saying: “He was freed this morning, (and) he has returned to his home.” He however didn’t offer more details.
Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was detained during the country’s coup on August 18.
In the early hours of August 19, Keita appeared on national TV to announce his resignation, saying he had had no other choice, and wanted to avoid “bloodshed”.
The junta, which calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), said on Facebook it was “informing public and international opinion that former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been released and is currently in his residence”.
Keita’s release had been a key demand of Mali’s neighbours and international organisations, including the African Union and European Union.
Keita, prime minister Boubou Cisse and other senior officials were seized by rebel troops led by young officers who staged a mutiny at a base near Bamako.