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COMMUNIQUE FROM THE ATTORNEY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ABIDJAN

On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, using the pretext of the publication on social networks, of an undated video element, showing individuals torturing others, wrongly said to be Ivorians, some people undertook to molest nationals of an ECOWAS member country, to loot and loot their property.

In the provisional sad toll of these acts of violence, there is one death, several seriously injured, stony and charred vehicles, businesses looted and set on fire, as well as extensive material damage in several communes of the Autonomous District of Abidjan.

The Public Prosecutor offers his sincere condolences to the grieving family. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured and shows his compassion to all those who have seen their property destroyed or looted.

The Public Prosecutor strongly calls on everyone for calm, restraint and responsibility, and to put an immediate end to these unacceptable and particularly serious offenses.

He would like to point out that more than twenty people were arrested following these events and that investigations are underway to find the perpetrators of these barbaric acts and all those who, in any way whatsoever, have contributed to their commission, in order to subject them to the rigor of criminal law.

Finally, the Public Prosecutor once again recalls that the publication, distribution and reproduction by any means whatsoever of false, falsified or deceptively attributed news to third parties is punishable by criminal law.

Done in Abidjan, May 20, 2021
THE ATTORNEY OF THE ADOU REPUBLIC Richard Christophe

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