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Mali editor held over listing salary of coup chief

A journalist at The Republican newspaper in Mali says its editor-in-chief was detained Wednesday after publishing a letter denouncing the astronomical salary of the man who led last year's coup.

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BAMAKO, Mali —

A journalist at The Republican newspaper in Mali says its editor-in-chief was detained Wednesday after publishing a letter denouncing the astronomical salary of the man who led last year's coup.

The international community forced Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo to step aside months after he seized power last March. An official decree published in January states that he now earns more than $8,000 per month.

Assan Kone, a journalist at the newspaper, said Editor-in-Chief Boukary Daou was taken away by agents from Mali's intelligence service.

The paper recently published a letter from an army officer complaining that, as Malian troops die fighting militants who seized the north, "Capt. Sanogo, in return for leading a coup that plunged the country into the current situation, enjoys a salary of 4 million francs ($8,000)."

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