Disappeaance of Guy-André Kieffer: French judge charges man with “abduction and holding” of Guy-André Kieffer

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa October 21, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Disappeaance of Guy-André Kieffer: French judge charges man with “abduction and holding” of Guy-André Kieffer Côte d’IvoireAfrica News November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts French examining judge Patrick Ramaël was also preparing to issue an arrest warrant against Michel Legré, the brother-in-law of President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife, the last person to have seen the Abidjan-based freelance journalist before his disappearance last 16 April. Reports News Organisation October 16, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election The brother-in-law of President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife, Michel Legré, has been charged on 11 October with “abduction and holding” of missing French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer.French examining judge Patrick Ramaël was preparing to issue an arrest warrant against Legré, the last person to have seen the Abidjan-based freelance journalist before his disappearance on Friday, 16 April 2004.The warrant would be postponed for two months to allow the Ivorian citizen, currently being held in custody in Abidjan, to be questioned in France.Reporters Without Borders and Kieffer’s wife Osange Silou-Kieffer both welcomed the step as “real progress”. “We can now assess whether the Ivorian authorities are genuinely willing to see this case thoroughly investigated. We are sure the Ivorian government will respond favourably to the French judge’s request”.”If they do otherwise we could only conclude that it was a deliberate act intended to block this investigation for good,” they said.During their stay in Cote d’Ivoire from 3-15 October 2004, Patrick Ramaël and co-examining judge Emmanuelle Ducos have managed to question several people named by Legré, who is brother-in-law of Mrs Simone Gbagbo. They were: Aubert Zohore, head of the private office of the economy and finance minister, Victor Nembelissini, managing director of the Banque nationale d’investissement, Anselme Seka Yapo, security chief for Mrs Gbagbo, Bertin Gahié Kadet, defence advisor to the president and Moïse Kore, who describes himself as pastor to President Laurent Gbagbo. All five were interviewed by both judges, who have no plans to return to Cote d’Ivoire for the time being.Two members of the military, who were also named by Legré as having taken part in kidnapping the journalist, have not been found.Kieffer, 54, married and father of two children, was last seen around 1pm on 16 April 2004 in a commercial centre of the capital. He specialised in commodities and economic and financial affairs, working for the French financial daily La Tribune from 1984 to the start of 2002, when he moved to Abidjan. He worked there as a freelance, contributing to La Lettre du Continent and several Ivorian newspapers. RSF_en October 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections News Help by sharing this information Côte d’IvoireAfrica last_img read more

Honduras capture Copa Centroamericana crown

first_imgHONDURAS, (4W-1D-0L, 13 points), completed their 2017 Copa Centroamericana campaign unbeaten thanks to a 1-0 win over Belize (0-1-4, 1), finishing atop the six-team table and capturing their fourth-ever title.Eddie Hernandez struck for the lone goal in the second half, giving him a tournament-best three and eliminating Belize from contention.It is a fourth-ever Copa title for the Hondurans, who also lifted the trophy in 1993, 1995 and 2011. Costa Rica, who won the previous two editions, hold the record with eight championships.A scoreless first half gave way to end-to-end action in the last 45 minutes.In the 52nd minute, after waves of attacks, Honduras nearly went ahead, but Oscar Salas’ effort from outside the box crashed off the crossbar.Four minutes later, though, Hernandez finally broke through. From the right wing, Marcelo Canales delivered a left-footed cross into Belize’s six-yard box. Hernandez controlled beautifully with his left foot and then jabbed the ball into the back of the net with his right.The Belizeans, though, refused to quit and nearly equalised in the 68th minute, only for Deon McCaulay to hit the woodwork.Seconds later, Honduras raced down the field and Michael Chirinos’ bid to double the lead went just wide of the right post.Belize goalkeeper Woodrow West prevented the Hondurans from netting an insurance goal, saving an Erick Andino attempt in the 72nd minute.last_img read more