9 February 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Detention Conditions of Supporters of Former President Laurent Gbagbo

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Michel Gbagbo, son of Former President Laurent Gbagbo.

A front-page headline in Notre Voie claims that 15 pro-Gbagbo supporters are being detained at MACA, a prison in Abidjan, in "horrible" conditions. In the article (p. 2), the paper provides the list of the so-called 15 "political prisoners" alleging that they are detained in "a place for people to die," without "electricity and water." The paper claims that it has been informed about the conditions of the detainees from both family members and lawyers. The paper also quotes a relative of one of the detainees as saying that "the political prisoners who being ill-treated are close to Gbagbo." "The prisoners who are being maltreated have no water or electricity," the paper further quotes a source close to MACA as saying.

"Detained illegally in Bouna: The health of Michel Gbagbo is bad," says a prominent headline in Le Nouveau Courrier (p. 1). According to the paper (p. 3), the son of the former president, who has been detained in the northeastern region of Bouna, has grown "slim" and is having "eye problems." Another article on the same page of this paper indicates the court procedures aimed at releasing pro-Gbagbo supporters on bail have been suspended.

This daily press review is compiled by the Information Section of the Public Affairs Office of the American Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The opinions expressed in these reviews in no way reflect the views of the United States Government and are presented for informational purposes only. The accuracy of reports contained in this summary has not been confirmed by the Embassy.

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