Ivory Coast court jails MP for tweeting ‘fake arrest news’
London, Jan. 30, 2019 (AltAfrica)-An MP in Ivory Coast has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined $520 (£400) for spreading false news and incitement to violence, BBC Afrique reports.
Alain Lobognon had tweeted on 9 January that the chief prosecutor was planning to order the arrest of another lawmaker.
But the prosecutor denied this and said the tweet had caused demonstrations.
Mr Lobognon’s lawyer said his client would appeal the decision.
He added that Mr Lobognon was being targeted because he was close to Guillaume Soro, a former rebel leader and prime minster, who is now the speaker of the National Assembly.
Mr Soro and President Alassane Ouattara have recently fallen out ahead of elections next year.
Meamwhile, a similar incident happened in Nigeria recently involving a former minister
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, threatened to sue former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and Afenifere chieftain, Yinka Odumakin for their claims that the commission sought to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, a claim that turns to be false
In a statement signed by Tony Orilade, the acting head of media and publicity for the commission, EFCC called Fani-Kayode and Odumakin to prepare a defence against a libel suit that will be filed.
“We also want to assure Fani-Kayode, Yinka Odumakin and other purveyors of the evil news to be ready to defend their actions in the court of law as the EFCC will file libel suit against them without further delay.”
The anti-graft agency denied any alleged plan to arrest Onnoghen stating it is “not only a figment of the imagination of the purveyor of the fake news, but an evil machination by the creator and carriers of the news aimed at creating anarchy in the country.”