Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • Europe launches navigation satellites to rival GPS

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • Iraqi Sunnis quit govt talks after mosque massacre

    Read more

  • US demands Russia withdraw aid convoy from Ukraine

    Read more

  • Rights group sues US government over ‘deportation mill’

    Read more

  • Colombian army and FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

    Read more

  • US National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Missouri town

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • Fed Chair says US job market still hampered by Great Recession

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • Hamas publicly executes "informers"

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu set to be Erdogan's new PM

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Africa

Army witness claims first lady's entourage kidnapped a journalist

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-07-22

A major in the army of the Ivory Coast claims that the entourage belonging to Simone Gbagbo – the nation’s first lady – is implicated in the disappearance of Franco-Canadian journalist, Guy Andre Kieffer, in April 2004.

Alain Gosse, a major in the army of Ivory Coast, claimed in an interview with French television channel France 3 that people close to Simone Gbagbo – the nation’s first lady – are implicated in the disappearance of Franco-Canadian journalist, Guy Andre Kieffer. The journalist went missing in April 2004.

 

In the interview, aired on Wednesday, Gosse said Gbagbo herself  “was not overly implicated, but her cabinet was” as well as those closest to her.

 

Gosse, who left Ivory Coast after the interview (which was originally taped in April 2009), says he was on duty in the presidential palace on April 16, 2004, and that he saw Kieffer.

 

Kieffer was last seen alive on the same date in a car park in Abidjan, where he was meant to have met with Michel Legre, the brother-in-law of Simone Gbagbo. His body has never been found.

 

“He was in a small cell, the kind of place where they often kept suspects,” said Gosse. “I exchanged words with him through the bars; he asked me for water and cigarettes.”

 

Gosse claims in the interview that three men served as “interrogators” to Kieffer – the head of security for Simone Gbagbo, head of security for the presidential palace and a third man who is suspected of having been the kidnappers' ringleader. The latter, named Jean-Tony Oulai, is in temporary custody in France.

 

In April, two judges were sent from France to Ivory Coast to interrogate Gbagbo, as well as the minister of national planning, Paul-Antoine Bohoun Bouabre – who was often a target of Kieffer’s articles.

 

“It’s a crucial step,” said Alexis Gublin, the lawyer representing Kieffer’s brother. “This new testimony makes us confident about the progress of the investigation.”

 


 

Date created : 2009-07-22

COMMENT(S)