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Ivory Coast: Former Laurent Gbagbo Defense Minister In Court

The trial of Lida Kouassi Moïse, former defense minister of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, opened Monday (January 15th) in front of Assisi court in Abidjan on the Plateau. He is accused of conspiracy against the authority of the state.

After the post-election crisis of 2010-2011 that left 3,000 dead (official record), which resulted in the arrest of President Laurent Gbagbo, Lida Kouassi Moïse took refuge in Togo. In June 2012, he was extradited by Lomé to Abidjan for reasons according to which he was engaged in subversive activities.

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Preparing a plan destabilization plan

Rather, in 2012, precisely in February, information was received by the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DST) reporting the preparation of a plan to destabilize the current regime, that of President Alassane Ouattara, by officers of the army in exile in Ghana. In this plot, was also involved some civilians and politicians close to President Laurent Gbagbo.

Lida Kouassi has been detained since October 2014, and will be appearing alongside three soldiers, including Colonel Paulin Katé Gnatoa, Sergeant Serge Pacôme Durand Brou, and Samuel Zadi Gbaka, a Navy Officer Cadet. All are accused of conspiring against the authority of the state. The three were arrested in Abidjan on March 8, 2012, the “planned” day for the “realization of their project”. reports Africatime.

At the start of this trial, Monday, January 15, Samuel Zadi Gbaka and Serge Pacôme Durand Brou both denied the facts that are alleged against them. The hearing continues on Tuesday, January 16 with the hearing of the other accused.

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