Ivorian justice has clarified this Thursday, December 26, 2019 on the accusations made against Guillaume Soro and the international arrest warrant issued against him. According to prosecutor Richard Adou, the former prime minister and presidential candidate for 2020 wanted to launch “a civil and military insurrection” in order to seize power. To confirm the allegations against him, the prosecutor released a recording and showed photos of seized weapons.
At his press conference on Thursday, December 26, 2019, prosecutor Richard Adou listed the elements seized by the services in the offices, located in Abidjan the capital, of the former leader of the Ivorian rebellion. In particular, there are said to be five bullet-proof vests, three heavy machine guns, four anti-tank missiles, ten Kalashnikovs, ammunition boxes.
It is true that a priori, there is no reason to fear a coup but it is however Guillaume. Soro who himself signed a ban on the possession of firearms following the crisis that marked the 2015 presidential elections.
The prosecutor says he has enough evidence to arrest Guillaume Soro especially since in the sound recording, he refers to a popular uprising with the help of the army.
Maître Affoussi Bamba, one of the lawyers for the former head of government admittedly recognizes the authenticity of this recording but she wanted to specify that it dates from 2017. At the time, Guillaume Soro was president of the National Assembly and, according to the lawyer, he was just trying to thwart a plot led by Alassane Ouattara.