Ousted Gbagbo general jailed in Ivory Coast

Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:45pm GMT
 

* More than 3,000 died in post-election conflict

* Head of elite guard convicted of complicity in murder

By Loucoumane Coulibaly

ABIDJAN, Oct 11 (Reuters) - A top military commander under Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday in the first trial involving an accused instigator of last year's post-election violence.

General Bruno Dogbo Ble headed the elite Republican Guard during the brief conflict, which killed more than 3,000 people and erupted after Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat to rival Alassane Ouattara in an election held in late 2010.

"Dogbo Ble is guilty of complicity in kidnapping, illegal detention and murder ... The tribunal condemns him to 15 years of military detention," lead judge Mathurin Yao Kanga told a court in the commercial capital Abidjan.

The prosecution had requested a sentence of 20 years.

A staunch Gbagbo loyalist, Dogno Ble and four co-defendants were charged over the abduction and killing of retired Colonel-Major Adama Dosso in March 2011, at the height of the violence.

Dosso was leaving Ouattara's headquarters at Abidjan's lagoon-side Golf Hotel when he was stopped at a roadblock manned by pro-Gbagbo soldiers. It was widely believed he was planning to throw his allegiance behind Ouattara.   Continued...

 
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