Malian jihadist leader of the Katiba of Ansar dine du Sud, Souleymane Keita, and two other men have been sentenced to death by the Bamako Court of Assizes.
The two other men sentenced on Friday were Boubacar Sawadogo, 51 and Moussa Maïga, 33, all from Burkina Faso. A dozen men were also sentenced to death in absentia. The men were all charged with terrorism, accused of preaching jihad in southern Mali and on the border between Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. During the trial, Keita acknowledged the facts and expressed no regret for his actions. “I do not regret anything because our fight is against the secularism of the Malian state. If I have the possibility, I will start again,” he said bluntly. “I am not a terrorist; I am leading the jihad at the border between Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire, in the name of Ansar Dine,” he said.