The Ivorian government is tightening sanctions

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The announcement was made in the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. The maximum penalty will be doubled for certain crimes.

as reported from Abidjan, Pierre Pinto

In July, a cyber activist was sentenced to six months in prison, one of which was closed, for insulting Simone Gbagbo. In May last year, another cyber activist was convicted of soliciting an appeal on social networks to attack Nigerian citizens living in Côte d’Ivoire. Judgment: five years in prison!

This type of case is increasingly common in Abidjan’s court, and the sentence should be further increased from now on. The highest penalties in some cases will be doubled compared to those prescribed in the 2013 law on cybercrime, government spokesman Amadou Coulibaly explained on Wednesday. This is particularly focused on behavior on social networks, such as insults and violations that can be punished by up to five years in prison, as well as publications that can disrupt public order. The penalty should therefore also be doubled for threats of damage to property or destruction of property, which can now be punished with a maximum of ten years. Are also aimed at remarks from xenophobic and racist natures.

Violations of intellectual property rights such as plagiarism or piracy are also part of this tightening of penalties, which today range from one to ten years in prison and from 500,000 to 100,000,000 francs in fines.

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