Ivory Coast details leniency for 3 100 prisoners

2016-01-05 14:52
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. (Loic Venance, AFP)

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. (Loic Venance, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Abidjan – Ivory Coast's justice minister on Monday gave details of President Alassane Ouattara's pledge to show leniency to 3 100 inmates, saying only a small portion of those selected were behind bars for deadly post-election unrest.

The president's act applied to just 100 people awaiting trial in connection with the violence, which left some 3 000 dead in the west African nation over five months in 2010-2011, Justice Minister Gnenema Coulibaly told AFP.

The move, announced in Ouattara's New Year's address to the nation on Thursday, affects "3 000 people, and another 100 who received provisional release, which is not a pardon," said Coulibaly.

"This measure (provisional release) concerns people covered by the post-election crisis cases. Most of them have not yet been judged."

Coulibaly said the move "can be considered an effort for social cohesion" as the country seeks to return to stability after years of turbulence.

Ouattara told the nation on Thursday that he had decided to use his right of "clemency to grant full and partial sentence reductions."

He added it would allow 3 100 people to "get their freedom back and for others to see their terms shortened", but did not give a breakdown of how many prisoners would go free immediately and how many would remain behind bars.

Ouattara, a former economist, won a second five-year term by a landslide in October in the nation's first peaceful vote in more than a decade.

He has been credited with reviving the economy of the war-scarred country, the world's leading cocoa producer, investing in huge infrastructure projects that have helped raise annual growth to around nine percent.

The post-election violence in 2010-11 came after former strongman leader Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to Ouattara.

Gbagbo was eventually defeated by pro-Ouattara forces backed by the UN and France, is now awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

The 2010-2011 crisis was a bloody epilogue to a decade of upheaval, splitting west Africa's economic powerhouse between a rebel-held north and a loyalist south.

Read more on:    alassane ouattara  |  ivory caost

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.