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Ivory Coast: Former Gbagbo Minister Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Former Minister Hubert Oulaye was sentenced Tuesday, December 26, to 20 years in prison for complicity in the assassination of several peacekeepers and civilians.

According to Le Mond e which relays the words of the Minister, this judgment is without evidence and the defense of Hubert Oulaye intends to appeal.

“It’s a conviction without proof. This is a political condemnation, “reacted Mr. Oulaye, who was able to return home while his lawyers promise an appeal in cassation. Hubert Oulaye was found guilty of complicity in the assassination of 18 people, including seven peacekeepers, during an attack in the west of the country in 2012.

20 years behind bars with another co-accused named Maurice Djiré, a 37-year-old villager from Guiglo, a town in western Côte d’Ivoire.


Ivory Coast: Former Gbagbo minister sentenced to 20 years in prison

The general counsel, Mireille Kouassi, had demanded life imprisonment for the two accused, Hubert Oulaye, 64, former Minister of Public Service of former President Laurent Gbagbo in the 2000s, and Maurice Djire, 37 .

According to her, “obviously, Hubert Oulaye provided the financial means up to 2 million CFA francs for the installation of a rebellion in the West”, saying that “the accomplice is sometimes more dangerous than the author “.

In addition, an armed group of Liberian mercenaries and guerrilla indigenous militiamen were accused of straining, on June 8, 2012, a deadly ambush by UN peacekeepers of the former United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire ( UNOCI).

And from this ambush, seven Nigerian peacekeepers and an Ivorian soldier lost their lives.

Several other defendants were present at the Abidjan court.


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