Zagre said on Thursday that he had listened to the “original” tape of the telephone conversation between Burkina Faso’s former Foreign Minister Djibril Bassole and Cote d’Ivoire’s Speaker Guillaume Soro as “they planned the failed coup.”
“I have not had the opportunity to listen to the recording that is circulating on mobile phones. But I listened to the original conversation which we are in the process of authenticating,” he said.
For several days, the tape recording of a conversation involving Gen. Bassole, a former confidant of former President Blaise Compaore, has been circulating on social media websites.
In the recording, Bassole and Soro are heard planning the coup that was carried out by presidential guards loyal to Compaore on Sept. 16.
The coup leader Gen. Gilbert Diendere has since been arrested and he is facing 11 different charges.
Bassole has been arrested and charged in connection with the coup.
Soro’s house in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou was searched by police, but the information being sought was not found, the minister said.
“The house had been repossessed by the state since it had been fraudulently given to Soro by the former president,” he added.
A report by a commission set up by Burkina Faso’s transition government to investigate the coup, said Diendere received external support, especially from Cote d’Ivoire, to carry out the coup. Enditem