Gunmen on a dozen vehicles without licence plates raided the house of Paul Ismaël Boro, an ally of Soumaïla Cissé, the opposition leader in Mali, and abducted him from his Bamako home at 9 pm on Sunday, August 26th.
Boro’s wife and children witnessed the arrest. They said heavily armed hooded men broke down the doors and raided the house, claiming that weapons were being stored there. He was then handcuffed, insulted and hooded, and then taken to the General Directorate of State Security for investigation. Security sources confirmed his arrest early on Monday August 27th.
Paul Ismaël Boro is the former campaign manager of Modibo Koné, one of the 24 candidates in the last presidential election in Mali. An ally of Cissé, he supported him in the second round of voting, while Modibo Koné instead backed Ibrahim Boubacar Kieta (known as IBK).
Boro is also a former militant of the presidential party and was present during the opposition’s recent protests.
Tiébilé Dramé, campaign manager of Soumaïla Cissé, accused the government of fabricating charges against Boro and punishing him for refusing to support IBK in the second round of presidential elections. He said, "The authorities have no right to arrest an individual at night without any magistrate’s mandate and detain him in a secret prison.”
Nouhoum Togo, Soumaïla Cissé’s Communication Unit Adviser, expressed deep concern over the arrest of Boro. He said the incident aims at intimidating opposition leaders and preventing them from democratically claiming their legitimate victory.
IBK was declared the winner of presidential elections in Mali earlier this month. The opposition has rejected the election results and filed motions at the constitutional court, which validated the election results and rejected the opposition claims.
Malians have been organising protests against the results in Bamako.