In Côte d’Ivoire, the Union for Women’s Rights demands the establishment of an impartial inquiry and monitoring of the legal process in the case against the Minister for National Reconciliation, Kouadio Konan Bertin. The one with the nickname KKB is accused of rape by a former partner. Facts he denies. The Ivorian Union for Women’s Rights is particularly concerned about the withdrawal of the lawyer for the civil party, a few days after the start of the legal investigation.
as reported from Abidjan, François Hume-Ferkatadji
The complainant, a Cameroonian singer living in Côte d’Ivoire and the Ivorian League for Women’s Rights, regrets that she was unable to pay 1 million 500,000 CFA francs in fees, as requested by the law firm.
Meganne Boho, president of the union, appealed to lawyers “goodwill.” In most cases, attorney fees are not available to everyone. And to accompany a rape survivor, with (this amount), it is not possible, because we do not have these funds in the fund. And as I said, we are an association of volunteers, so it is a bit complicated for us to be able to take care of this matter “.
During a press conference, the feminist organization insisted that it does not have the power to claim if rape is proven in this case, this job falls on judicial authorities. But she calls for a due process and is particularly surprised by the fact that the complainant’s and her husband’s passports were kept by the gendarmes.
“We believe that it is indeed a prejudice against them, because we cannot admit that in a state governed by the rule of law we can deprive citizens of their card or identity card for no apparent reason …”
The organization claims that it “in no way” has requested financial compensation from the alleged victim. The Minister Kouadio Konan Bertin for his part, filed a defamation suit, saying he “has nothing to be ashamed of” in this case.
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The complainant and her husband were interviewed during an initial hearing conducted by the police. Minister Kouadio Konan Bertin has not yet presented his version of the facts.