Bail for jailed French journalist in Ivory Coast

6th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

A French journalist who was jailed in 2008 in Ivory coast should be released on bail on Wednesday.

YAMOUSSOUKRO – A French journalist jailed in Ivory Coast in 2008 for "plotting against the authority of the state" should be released on bail Wednesday, a French minister for cooperation said Tuesday.

"We have spoken with (Jean-Paul) Ney," said Alain Joyandet after a meeting with Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo in Yamoussoukro, adding that although "things are not totally definite" he "should be released on bail" tomorrow.

"It's positive news," Joyandet said, adding that his meeting with Gbagbo would "allow us to write a new chapter in Franco-Ivory Coast relations."

Ney himself told AFP by phone: "If this is the case, it is a victory for Ivorian justice, for freedom of the press, for the freedom to investigate."

He added: "I came to do my job, I believe there has been a misunderstanding as much on my side as on the side of the Ivorians."

The freelance photo-journalist was jailed in January 2008 in Abidjan along with another French national and eight west Africans for "attack, plotting against the authority of the state."

He was arrested by a police patrol in December 2007 in front of the headquarters of the national RTI radio and television network.

In March, the prosecutor rejected a decision by an examining magistrate in charge of the case to allow Ney out on bail.

AFP / Expatica

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