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Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire: Court aquits and discharges Laurent Gbagbo ally

Posted on Saturday, 31 August 2013 09:01

Katinan, an ally of former President of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, was facing possible extradition to his home country.

The Ivorian government accused him of organising raids on 10 banks during the last election crisis and stealing a total of around 300 billion CFA francs (592.91 million U.S. dollars).

I am a free man now, l will dedicate my life now to follow the freedom of former President Laurent Gbagbo.

He was also charged with two killings allegedly committed at the height of the election crisis, which erupted after Gbagbo refused to concede defeat in 2010.

Katinan soon after his discharged said: “I am a free man now, l will dedicate my life now to follow the freedom of former President Laurent Gbagbo.”

The court said the prosecution failed to establish any case against Katinan.

Aboagye Tandoh, who presided over the court, said although the Ivorian Parliament says Ivory Coast had signed the ECOWAS Extradition Treaty with Ghana, a list of countries presented to the court showed the country’s name was missing out.

The ruling was earlier scheduled for August 7, 2013, however, on the said date, Mathew Amponsah, Chief State Attorney, filed an application arresting the judgment on grounds that they had not been able to meet the deadline of filing the address.

Meanwhile, Katinan had denied conspiring with other people to rob banks alleging that the charges were politically-motivated.

He was arrested on August 24, 2012 in Accra at the Kotoka International Airport while returning from South Africa, following a request from the Ivorian Government for him to be extradited to face trial on the charges.

Katinan holds a refugee card from the Ghana Refugee Board which is also recognized by the UNHCR.

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