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Comoros: Information on the persons imprisoned for the September 1992 coup attempt and their rank, and on any outstanding wanted lists or warrants

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 April 1997
Citation / Document Symbol COM26674.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Comoros: Information on the persons imprisoned for the September 1992 coup attempt and their rank, and on any outstanding wanted lists or warrants, 1 April 1997, COM26674.E, available at: [accessed 31 May 2016]
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On 30 January, 1996 Reuters reported that President Mohamed Djohar had ordered "the release of leaders of a 1992 coup attempt," as well as "up to 40 people" detained for their involvement in the coup attempt (Reuters 30 Jan. 1996). The U.S. State Department reported that soldiers detained as a result of the 1992 coup attempt were freed by foreign-led mercenaries during another coup attempt in 1995. These prisoners were "later granted amnesty" (Country Reports 1996 1997, 57).

The Indian Ocean Newsletter of 15 June 1996 reported that after President Mohamed Taki Abdul Karim came to power in March  1996 (Country Reports 1996 1997, 57), soldiers who had been involved in the 1992 coup attempt "wanted to be taken back into FCD" (Force Comorienne de Defense). The reintegration of these soldiers was opposed by the FCD commanding officer, Major Assoumane Azzali (The Indian Ocean Newsletter June 15, 1996) who was relieved of his command on June 4 and replaced by Colonel Abdurazak (ibid.).

The Indian Ocean Newsletter reported in September 1996 that four officers ( Captain Combo, Lieutenants Said Mohamed, Abderemane and Sheikh Abdallah (  and an unspecified number of NCOs implicated in the 1992 coup attempt were reintegrated into the Comoros armed forces (FCD).

For more information on the 1992 coup attempt and its aftermath, please see Responses to Information Requests COM20198.E and COM20199.E of 18 April 1995, and COM20959.E of 7 June 1995.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below a list of additional sources consulted in preparing this Information Request.


Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1996. 1997. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.

The Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 14 September 1996. "Retired Men Return to Army." (NEXIS)

_____. 15 June 1996. "Colonel Abdurazak (Comoros Islands)." (NEXIS)

Reuters World Service. 30 January 1996. BC Cycle. "Comoran President Accused of Exceeding His Powers." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential [London]. 1996, 1997.

Africa Research Bulletin [Devon]. 1996, 1997.

Amnesty International. Various documents.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports. 1996, 1997.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 1996, 1997.

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