Prosecuted for attempting to destabilize and embezzle public funds, Guillaume Soro is the subject of an international arrest warrant in his country. The former rebel leader and president of the National Assembly had to postpone his return to Abidjan.
He did not return home on Monday, December 23 as originally planned. According to his entourage quoted by the media, Guillaume Soro’s plane from Paris rather landed in Accra in neighboring Ghana for « security reasons ».
A last-minute change that comes from the international arrest warrant issued by the Ivorian authorities against the former rebel leader and president of the National Assembly accused of attempting to destabilize and embezzle public funds.
« He was prevented from returning to his country, where he was to take his place in the electoral process, » said his adviser, Alain Lobognon, during a press conference.
But according to a source close to the Ivorian presidency, it was at the request of Guillaume Soro that his plane diverted to Accra to avoid an « arrest on arrival ».
A large police force had been deployed at the headquarters of his party, Générations et Peuples solidaires (GPS). His supporters having withdrawn into the residence, armed men, hooded, some in civilian clothes, others in trellises, forced the doors of the building and forced all the occupants to leave it.
Law enforcement officials subsequently chased all journalists and supporters from the area.
The 47-year-old leader was an ally of President Alassane Ouattara before the break-up earlier this year. He should confirm his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election when he arrives in the country.
Ivorian justice is also chasing another Ivorian political actor, Charles Blé Goudé. The former collaborator and godson of Laurent Gbagbo should answer several charges of which « acts of torture, voluntary homicides and rape ». His lawyers report « gross violation of his rights