Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara announced Monday the amnesty of “about 800” people, including former First Lady Simone Gbagbo, currently imprisoned, and several figures of the former regime of Laurent Gbagbo, to promote national reconciliation .
“On Monday, I signed an amnesty ordinance that will benefit some 800 citizens prosecuted or sentenced for offenses related to the 2010 post-election crisis or crimes against state security committed. after May 21, 2011 “(date of actual takeover of Mr. Ouattara), said the president on the national television, on the eve of Independence Day.
“About 500 are already on bail or in exile, and their criminal convictions will be erased and the prosecution against them will be ended. “It will be the same for the other 300 detainees who will be released soon,” said Ouattara, without giving a specific date.
He quoted Gbagbo, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for “undermining state security” in 2015, former Defense Minister Lida Kouassi, who has been detained since 2014 and sentenced in early 2018 to 15 years of imprisonment for “conspiracy”, as well as the former Minister of Construction, Assoa Adou, sentenced in 2017 to four in prison.
Laurent Gbagbo has been in The Hague since 2011 at the detention center of the International Criminal Court, where his trial for crimes against humanity has been going on since 2016, for events dating back to the 2010-2011 crisis, which amounted to 3,000. dead.
The question of national reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire, after the decade of politico-military crisis of the 2000s, was considered by observers so far as a black spot on the balance sheet of Alassane Ouattara. Afp