In Côte d’Ivoire, MP Alain Lobognon was sentenced on Tuesday to 1 year in prison and 300,000 FCFA fine for spreading false news and incitement to violence.
He is accused of publishing a tweet that provoked protests. The verdict fell after 4 hours of an audience with twists.
His lawyers have indicated that they will appeal the decision. For master Affoussi Lamine Bamba the trial was played in advance: “it is a political trial simply because Alain Lobognon is a close Soro Guillaume”.
His condemnation comes as relations between President Alassane Ouattara and President of the National Assembly Soro Guillaume have deteriorated in recent months.
President Ouattara announced Monday the resignation in February of Soro Guillaume of the presidency of parliament.