On Tuesday, 18 July, Assoa Adou, a former minister of former President of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, was sentenced to four years in prison. Abidjan Assize Court accused him of disturbing public order, an AFP journalist present at the scene said.
10 years’ imprisonment was the sentence demanded by the prosecutor for breach of security against Assoa Adou, the former minister of Gbagbo imprisoned for two years. Besides Mr. Assoa Adou, seven other persons were tried, presented as accomplices of the facts.
According to one of the defense lawyers, Maître Ange Rodrigue Dadjé, ” It is a political decision “. The latter denounced the requalification of the charges and promised to appeal in cassation.
For the lawyer for the civil party, Master Soungalo Coulibaly, ” The criminal responsibility of Assoa Adou and the other accused is established”.
“Reformers” vs. “Gbagbo or nothing”
At the helm, the former minister deplored the conditions under which he was arrested. ” I was brutally arrested at night with my son, at my home, without a warrant .” Asoa Adou was arrested in January 2015 and charged with complicity in assault on state security for acts dating from 2012-2013. Upon his return from exile from Ghana in November 2014, Adou had joined the “Historical” camp, cadres of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI).
For several months, the FPI, a party founded by Laurent Gbagbo, is shaken by an internal crisis between, on the one hand, reformers who took the lead of the party and want to turn the page Laurent Gbagbo, and on the other hand the ” Historical “who remain on the same positions as the founder of the party. The latter are very hostile to President Alassane Ouattara, boycotting the various electoral ballots and present themselves as “worthy heirs”.