Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns of further sanctions against Russia

    Read more

  • Experimental Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

    Read more

  • IMF stands behind Lagarde amid French corruption probe

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • Suriname leader’s son pleads guilty to courting Hezbollah

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Chelsea’s Torres set for AC Milan switch

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

    Read more

  • Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

    Read more

  • Netflix to woo French with ‘House of Cards’ set in Marseille

    Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • Syrian refugees surpass 3 million, UN says

    Read more

  • West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

    Read more

  • Libyan PM resigns as Islamists set up rival administration

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

Africa

I. Coast jails Gbagbo ally for 'violating state security'

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-08-31

Laurent Akoun (pictured), ally of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, received a six-month jail sentence on Friday. He was arrested after speaking against the Alassane Ouattara government, which emerged after a violent power struggle last year.

AFP - A top leader of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo's party was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday on charges of disturbing public order.

Laurent Akoun, the number two in the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), had been arrested on Sunday, the third key Gbagbo ally to be detained in recent days, after speaking out against President Alassane Ouattara's government.

His sentence was announced after a four-hour hearing during which the prosecutor had asked for a jail term of five years. His defence team has announced that it will appeal.

Another close Gbagbo official, former minister Alphonse Douati, was arrested on August 18 and later charged with "violating state security".

Gbagbo's spokesman Kone Katinan Justin was arrested on August 24 in Ghana, where he fled after the collapse of Gbagbo's regime.

The arrests followed a series of attacks on an army base, a prison and police stations near the economic capital Abidjan, as well as on army posts and a border crossing with Liberia.

The government has blamed the attacks, which have claimed a dozen lives, on Gbagbo supporters.

The attacks have brought tensions in Ivory Coast to a level not seen since the December 2010-April 2011 crisis sparked by Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat in the presidential election.

Gbagbo was finally captured on April 11, 2011, and since November has been in custody at The Hague awaiting trial by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity.

 

Date created : 2012-08-31

  • IVORY COAST

    Ivorian police arrest aide to Laurent Gbagbo

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Gbagbo party HQ attacked in Ivory Coast

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Ivory Coast uncovers ‘coup plot’

    Read more

COMMENT(S)