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Africa

RFI off the air in Benin, correspondent interrogated

media Benin President Boni Yayi in Paris in July Reuters

Radio France International’s FM signal in Benin was restored Tuesday after 14 hours of silence. The signal went dead shortly after midnight Tuesday, with no immediate official explanation. Early Tuesday morning, RFI's French language correspondent was questioned by authorities.

 

Raissa Gbedji was questioned by Benin's media regulatory body.

RFI had reported Monday on a request made by parliamentarians last week that President Boni Yayi be formally charged and tried by the High Court for "abuse of authority and perjury".

Yayi, a former banker, is accused of being involved in an alleged swindle by an insurance company, ICC Services

Fifty of the 83 MPs in parliament accused Yayi of supporting ICC Services, which in turn funded the presidency and associated organisations.

The president fired his interior minister, Armand Zinzindohoue, on 7 July in connection with the affair.

Yayi was elected in March 2006. During his campaign, he pledged to fight corruption.

 
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