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Madagascar detains two French citizens over failed attempt to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina

A court in Madagascar has finally charged and detained two French citizens, Philippe F. and Paul R and a Malagasy for plots to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina; an attempt which was foiled by the security officials.

Even though Etienne de Villepin, lawyer for one of the French detainees, Philippe claimed he does not know “the reason for this decision,” Paul’s lawyer said the judge “who is investigating the case is a person of integrity and independence.”

The court pronounced that, the two alongside a Malagasy who works at the central bank be detained in a maximum-security prison aside the 15 days spent in custody after arrest was effected.

Last week, security forces in Madagascar thwarted an attempt on President Andry Rajoelina’s life. The assassins sought help from a multinational energy company, Benchmark Group. The emails were discovered on the computers of a French man named Paul R previously connected to the coup attempt.

Meanwhile, a multinational company, Benchmark Group which holds a controlling share in Madagascar Oil confirmed that it had “received an email from the Madagascan-French citizen Paul R. soliciting 10 million euros for political destabilization purposes”.

In an earlier investigation, the police reportedly retrieved more than 930,000 euros and firearms from the residence of one of the two French suspects.

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