World Côte d'Ivoire: End of the hearing of witnesses at the trial of the massacre of Duékoué-Carrefour

06:30  09 april  2021
06:30  09 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The population has been the victim of summary executions, killings and lootings. This morning, pro-Gbagbo elements are reported to have taken over the “Abattoir” district of the Port-Bouet municipality in Abidjan, forcing people to flee towards the airport. The UNOCI peacekeepers, who were mandated to protect civilians, are FIDH recalls that the atrocities committed against civilians can be described as war crimes and that their perpetrators will be prosecuted before national or international justice mechanisms, the International Criminal Court has being seized regarding the situation in Côte d ’ Ivoire .

The fighting was only brought to an end with the help of French and UN troops who intervened on Ouattara's side. Today, the government says its aim is to lay these tensions to rest and return to the peace and stability that once made Cote D ' Ivoire one of the most prosperous nations in West Africa. The country's former president, Gbagbo, who still commands support in parts of the country, is currently on trial at the International Criminal Court for crimes allegedly committed before and during the election conflict six years ago. But while Gbagbo faces justice at The Hague, and some of his

Des femmes marchent le long d'une route de Duekoué carrefour, en octobre 2020. (image d'illusration) © AFP - Issouf Sanogo Women walk along a road from Duekoué Carrefour, in October 2020. (Image of Illroration)

In Côte d'Ivoire, the trial of the massacre of Duekoué-Carrefour on 28 and 29 March 2011 continues before the Criminal Court of Abidjan. 6th day of hearing this Thursday with the hearing of the last witnesses. In the box, a single accused: Amadé Oueérmi, accused of having led the killings with his men, during which more than 800 people would have been killed according to the Red Cross. The former Mount Peko militia continues to say that it was not on the scene at the time of the facts.

with our correspondent in Abidjan, Pierre Pinto

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While the Republican Forces successfully ended the conflict with Gbagbo's arrest, an important accomplishment, they committed - and continued to commit in subsequent weeks - grave crimes. I interviewed women who watched the execution of their husbands, brothers, and sons in Duékoué by the These people represent the best of Côte d ' Ivoire , much of what made the country West Africa's longtime beacon of growth and stability. Unfortunately, their voices were often drowned out as the Gbagbo government, in particular, exploited ethnic and political tensions - culminating in near daily

Travelling around Abidjan and the west of Côte d ' Ivoire last week, as the push to dislodge former President Laurent Gbagbo reached its climax, it was difficult to escape the stench of death. In the Carrefour neighbourhood of Duékoué , I peered down a deep well at the abandoned headquarters of one of the warring militias. No bodies were visible but the smell was unmistakable.

"It's him. I know him. I saw it with my own eyes, "says a woman designating Amadé Oueérmi. It is the first of the six new witnesses to succeed this Thursday to show the court their physical aftermath, tell the abuses attributed to the chief Militia and his men on March 28 and 29, 2011 .

many remember one of his men of his hand, a certain "Roujo" these days in Duekoué-Carrefour. Some still tell that they saw Ouelmi in the midst of his men boast of killings a few days later and promise to finish shaving the neighborhood to "plant cocoa".

The hearing is suspended several times. Amadé Oueérmi is indisposed and must regularly abstain a few minutes. When he returns to the room, the accused does not vary in his defense. He was not the day of the massacres. He arrived the next day. He had no one under his orders. He himself was only an element in the service of rebels such as Ouattara Karamoko alias "Lt Coulibaly" or "Coul", himself under the orders of "Loss", Losseni Fofana, the Comzone de Man.

The President then reads the depositions of the rebel leaders, heard by an investigating judge, and incriminated by Amadé Ouérémi. All demented to know him. His lawyer then asks what they come to appear as witnesses. The President considers "that there is no need to go beyond in the hearing of witnesses" and closes the debates.

next hearing next Wednesday with requisitions and pleadings.

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