“In order to strengthen social cohesion, I signed a decree granting presidential pardon to Mr. Laurent Gbagbo”, declared Alassane Dramane Ouattara (ADO) during his speech to the nation, this Saturday August 6th. The former head of state was sentenced in 2018 to twenty years in prison in the so-called “BCEAO heist” affair.
The Ivorian president also announced that he had “requested that the accounts be unfrozen [de son prédécesseur] and the payment of his arrears of life annuities”. This payment had been blocked by the Ivorian authorities since Gbagbo’s return to Côte d’Ivoire in June 2021.
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ADO finally signed a decree granting conditional release to Rear Admiral Vagba Faussignaux and Commander Jean-Noël Abehi. Former commander of the national navy wounded on April 11, 2011, the first had been sentenced to twenty years in prison in 2015. The second, ex-strong man of the device safe of Laurent Gbagbo, had been sentenced to ten years in prison in 2018 for “conspiracy against the authority of the State”.
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These measures sound like a logical follow-up to the meeting between Alassane Ouattara, Laurent Gbagbo and Henri Konan Bédié, which took place on July 14 in Abidjan. A first since 2010.
This grace comes on the eve of the national holiday, whose military parade takes place this Sunday, August 7 in Yamoussoukro.
Umaro Sissoco Embaló, the president of Guinea-Bissau and current president of ECOWAS, as well as Georges Weah, the president of Liberia, including will attend also.