In the news: in Benin, the political trial for many

To Unde the African press on Friday morning, Benin, where opponent Joël Aïvo was before Criet on Thursday, that is, the court for repression of economic crimes and terrorism, to begin his trial.

This academic, who was a candidate for the Front for the Restoration of Democracy during the presidential election in April last year, must respond to criminal allegations of “money laundering and attacks on state security”. Constitutionalist Joël Aïvo had since been in custody for the trial.

During the hearing, the special prosecutor asked the judge “to declare himself incompetent and leave the case to an investigator, reports The New Tribune. (…) The judge finally reserved the case for 5 August 2021 ”.

But beyond the procedure, Joël Aïvo before Criet, “it is a political trial for many in Benin”, regrets, in Burkina FasoPaalga Observer.

A trial that illustrates “President Patrice Talon’s will to crush his protesters through the justice machine. In this policy of tripping over his opponents, Crietis formulates a sadly special court, a legal club that crushes its most prominent opponents,” this Ouagalan formulates daily.

“It is not good to be an opponent of Benin,” his colleague added.The country.With justice under order, Patrice Talon (…) is doing a disservice to democracy in Benin ”. And this Burkinabè newspaper fears that the businessman who has become president will end up “returning his country, once cited as an exhibition document for democracy, to the rank of Democrats in Africa”.

Tragic accident in the Ivory Coast

In the Ivory Coast, a terrible traffic accident left at least 25 dead and 31 injured. “Tolls are rising”, laments Soir Info. In a photo of the traffic accident, Wednesday, just after 7pm, with a transport bus from a Korhogo company and a “Massa” minibus, at PK108, at the Tiassalé junction, on the northern motorway in the Yamoussoukro-Abidjan direction, this independent Ivorian newspaper details .

Laurent Gbagbo also appointed Jeudison as head of government on Côte d’Ivoire. This is diplomat Emmanuel Ackah. Emmanuel Auguste Ackah is loyal to Laurent Gbagbo and is one of the people who “carefully” prepared the meeting on July 29, 2019 in Brussels between Presidents Laurent Gbagbo and Henri Konan Bédié, recalls the daily newspaper Le Temps. This “discreet” ex-ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire in Accra, Ghana, whose face appears on the front page of this pro-Gbagbo newspaper, was also the one who “played facilitator, so that Affi N’Guessan could meet President Laurent Gbagbo, in Brussels” ( in March 2019). Meeting that had “turned”, reminds Le Temps.

Just by naming Emmanuel Ackah, Laurent Gbagbo sends a clear message to Affi N’Guessan, launched in OneEvening information, because he “thereby proceeds to his first appointment as” Fpi President “”. In the letter of appointment of the head of government, signed by “Secretary General” Assoa Adou, this independence is noted daily, according to which “the war is open to the Ivorian people’s front between former President Laurent Gbagbo and Pascal Affi N’Guessan for party control”.

By Laurent Gbagbo, Emmanuel Ackah is in any case “remained very close”, concludes the newspaper Idag, also close to the former Ivorian president who returned from exile a month ago.

Former Minister Eric Kahé has also just returned from a ten-year flight. The president of the Ivorian Alliance for Republic and Democracy, Éric Kahé, back in his motherland, mentioned in particular “the victim of 10 years in exile with sometimes destroyed families”, far from his country “as we become pariah overnight”, states Le Temps.

Revelations about the Rwandan volunteer who burned down Nantes Cathedral

These revelations about finally the arsonist at Nantes Cathedral last year in France. After a childhood marked by the genocide in Rwanda, this 40-year-old refugee refused asylum and was attacked in front of the sacristy.

His name is Emmanuel Abayisenga. On July 18, 2020, he set fire to Nantes Cathedral in western France. In a survey conducted by the French newspaper The cross the portrait of a firefighter from a Hutu family appears, whose father, this newspaper says, was “summarily executed” in 1996 before being convicted as a “genocide” by Rwandan justice (the future arsonist was then 15 years old).

Returning to the Rwandan police force, he later said he had witnessed “solving many unsolved violence, especially among the Hutus,” La Croix reports. And in fact, on December 31, 2018, he will “fall victim to a violent attack in front of the sacristy” in the cathedral of Nantes, an attack that could have acted “like a slow match barrier”, the French Catholic daily assumes.

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