, Dec 6 () –
The Anosy court, in the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, begins this Monday the trial of 21 people, including two Frenchmen and their partners, for their involvement in the attempted coup and assassination denounced in July by the country’s president. Andry Rajoelina.
These are the Franco-Malagasy Paul Rafanoharana and the French Philippe François, alleged brains of the Apollo 21 project, the alleged coup attempt intended, according to the statement of objections of the Prosecutor’s Office collected by Radio France Internationale (RFI), to “eliminate “and” neutralize “several” senior political figures “, including President Andry Rajoelina.
The two men and their wives deny being involved in this matter.
All of them are accused of attacking state security, criminal association and conspiracy to assassinate the Malagasy head of state.
Rafanoharana, a former officer in the French gendarmerie and a graduate of the Saint-Cyr military school, was briefly an advisor to the current head of state of Madagascar in 2011, when the latter was in charge of the High Authority of the transition.
Philippe François, also a retired colonel in the French Army, was notably operating in Chad. He came to Madagascar almost two years ago, ran an investment company, Tsarafirst, in which Paul Rafanoharana was a partner.