Ivory Coast: opponent Pascal Affi Nguessan released under judicial supervision

Published on : 30/12/2020 – 23:02

Pascal Affi N’Guessan, one of the main opposition leaders in Côte d’Ivoire, was released and placed under judicial supervision on Wednesday after almost two months in preventive detention. Pascal Affi N’Guessan, 67, president of a faction of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI, party of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo), was arrested on November 6, around 100 kilometers from Abidjan.

He was trying to reach his stronghold of Bongouanou so the justice had launched proceedings against him. He had participated in the proclamation of a “national transitional council”, supposed to replace the regime in place.

Pascal Affi N’Guessan, as well as other leaders of the opposition, are prosecuted for “conspiracy against the authority of the State”, “insurrectionary movement”, “assassination” and “acts of terrorism”, for this proclamation of a transitional regime and in the context of electoral violence linked to the presidential election, which left 85 dead and half a thousand injured from August to November.

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