NPA, Hawks probe Ravalomanana

The NPA confirmed it received data that Marc Ravalomanana may have committed crimes against humanity.

Former Madagascar president Marc Ravalomanana. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Sunday confirmed it received evidence that former Madagascar president Marc Ravalomanana may have committed crimes against humanity in his country.

The Sunday Times this week reported that a group of activists known as the Association of the Martyrs of Antananarivo Merina Square laid a complaint with the prosecuting body four months ago. 

According to the paper, the group “submitted a 100-page dossier which included affidavits by alleged victims, video footage and international reports on what happened in Madagascar before Ravalomanana was toppled”.

Spokesperson for the NPA, Bulelwa Makeke, said the prosecuting body was working together with the Hawks to investigate the allegations made against the ousted leader.

Ravalomanana is in South Africa after he was ousted by then-opposition leader Andry Rajoelina in 2009, with the support of the army.

His ousting followed several opposition protests in the Indian Ocean island.

Ravalomanana would later be sentenced in absentia to life in prison, for the killings of demonstrators.

Rajoelina’s government announced on Wednesday that Madagascar will hold its presidential elections on 8 May, in an effort to end three years of political unrest.