ABIDJAN An Ivory Coastline courtroom convicted six ex-troopers for the kidnapping, torture and murder of 4 foreigners in 2011 in the course of a civil war that subsequent a disputed election, the prosecution stated.
Gunmen kidnapped the 4 victims – two Frenchmen, a Beninese and a Malaysian – from the Novotel lodge in Abidjan in April 2011 and took them to the presidential palace where they ended up tortured and killed, according to a courtroom statement from the public prosecutor.
The ex-troopers, sentenced on Thursday evening, ended up faithful to former president Laurent Gbagbo, who activated the conflict by his refusal in 2010 to settle for defeat in a operate-off from current President Alassane Ouattara.
The soldiers’ victims bundled the Novotel’s French manager and French citizen Yves Lambelin, then-president of agro-industrial corporation Sifca.
Former police chief Osee Loguey was sentenced to 20 a long time in jail though Typical Bruno Dogbo Ble, then-commander of the elite Republican Guard, to 18 a long time.
Four other members of the military ended up handed sentences of 18 a long time or shorter for kidnapping, torture and complicity in murder. A additional 4 ended up acquitted.
Far more than three,000 individuals ended up killed in the 4-month conflict, which ended when Ouattara’s forces, backed by the French military, arrested Gbagbo.
The former president is on trial at the Intercontinental Criminal Court docket for crimes from humanity allegedly committed in the course of the conflict.
Dogbo Ble’s attorney Rodrigue Dadje stated on Friday his shopper would lodge an charm.
“The courtroom made a political selection yesterday regarding Typical Dogbo Ble who has absolutely nothing to do with this affair. This is not justice,” Dadje stated.
Ivory Coastline has emerged from the conflict as a single of the world’s fastest-expanding economies but a string of military mutinies this 12 months uncovered the deep social divisions that however plague it.
(Reporting by Ange Aboa Producing by Nellie Peyton Enhancing by Joe Bavier and John Stonestreet)