ABIDJAN, 15 April 2021 – A court in Cote d’Ivoire has condemned former warlord, Amade Oueremi, to life in prison for his role in the massacres that followed the 2010 disputed presidential election in the west African nation.
No fewer than 300 people were killed in Duekoue, according to the most conservative estimaes provided by the United Nations.
Rights groups say the death toll provided by the U.N. underestimates the victims of the five months of bloodletting in the country.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said more than 800 people were massacred on 29 March 2011 alone.
Forces already locked in a civil war at the time made matters worse when the then president, Laurent Ghagbo refused to step down after Alassane Ouattara was declared the winner of the 2010 presidential ballot.
The violence dragged on into 2012, with no fewer than 3,000 people believed to have been killed.
A militia led by Oueremi was notably accused of attacking, ransacking, looting and killing people in a camp for displaced people in Nahibly, in the vicinity of Duekoue, in July 2012.
Oueremi was arrested in May 2013 in a forest and arrainged on 24 charges, including murder, rape, war crimes and crimes against humanity.