EU lifts sanctions against nine Guinea-Bissau soldiers

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The European Union (EU) has lifted sanctions imposed against nine members of the Guinea-Bissau military in May 2012 over their alleged role in the April 2012 coup.

The de-listed members of the military are Gen Augusto Mário Có, Gen Saya Braia Na Nhapka, Col Tomas Djassi and Col Celestino de Carvalho.

Others are Col Cranha Danfá;, Maj Samuel Fernandes, Navy Commander Agostinho Sousa Cordeiro, Lt Lassana Camará and Lt Col Tcham Na Man (Naman).

The list, which also included Gen Antonio Indijai, initially comprised six senior army officials, but was expanded to include 15 other military officials, who were banned from travelling to EU member states and whose assets in Europe were frozen.

Of the nine military officers removed from the list of sanctioned individuals, only Gen Mário Có was included in the initial list of six published by the body.

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President Umaro Sissoco Embaló has on several occasions called for the lifting of sanctions imposed by the European Union and United Nations against the members of the military implicated in the coup.

Members of the Guinean military staged a coup on 12 April 2012 ahead of the second round of presidential elections disputed by Carlos Gomes Júnior and Kumba Lalá citing fears that the Angolan army would be called in to help reform the military.

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