Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:17AM
Former Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure
Former Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure

The government of Mali has announced that it plans to probe the country's former President Amadou Toumani Toure in a high treason case.

Late on Friday, a statement issued by Malian Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly’s office said the case blamed Toure for failing in his duty as commander of the Malian armed forces to stop foreign forces from capturing national territory.

Government spokesman Mahamane Baby said that Toure will also be investigated for "his participation in an exercise to demoralize the army by naming incompetent officers and soldiers, whose patriotism was questionable, to high-level posts to the detriment of others who were more meritorious."

Chaos broke out in the West African country after Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government's inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country, which had been going on for two months.

However, in the wake of the coup d’état, the Tuareg rebels took control of the entire northern desert region, but the Ansar Dine extremists then pushed them aside and took control of the region, which is larger than France or Texas.

In January 2013, France launched a war in Mali under the pretext of halting the advance of rebel fighters in the country.

On February 1, Amnesty International said “serious human rights breaches” -- including the killing of children -- were occurring in the French war in Mali.