Cote d'Ivoire / France - Reporters Without Borders, family and support committees continue to press for truth three years after journalist's disappearance in Abidjan



    MONTREAL, April 16 /CNW Telbec/ - On the third anniversary of the
abduction and disappearance of French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer in
Abidjan, a news conference about the case was held today at the French
national assembly by Reporters Without Borders, Kieffer's wife, Osange
Silou-Kieffer, his brother, Bernard Kieffer, the president of "Truth for
Guy-André Kieffer" support committee, Aline Richard, and the Green Party
deputy for Gironde, Noel Mamère.
    Promising on behalf of Green Party leader Dominique Voynet to "keep
pressing for the truth to emerge" and reiterating his party's support for
Kieffer's family and friends, Mamère said he feared that the peace accord
recently reached in Ouagadougou between Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and
the new prime minister, Guillaume Soro, would "write off" the need for truth
and justice in this case.
    Richard read out the replies to a letter about the case that had been
received from French presidential candidates Marie-Georges Buffet (PCF) and
Arlette Laguiller (LO). The texts of their letters are available at this
website : http://www.guyandrekieffer.org
    Reporters Without Borders announced that, together with the family and
support committees, it had launched a poster campaign to remind the French
public about the mystery surrounding Kieffer's disappearance in the run-up to
the presidential election. Posters with Kieffer's photo and the question:
"Where is Guy-André Kieffer?" have been put up in various parts of the Paris,
including outside the Côte d'Ivoire embassy (photos available from
http://www.rsf.org).
    "We are demanding that those responsible for our colleague's
disappearance should be identified and punished, not just to render justice to
his family and friends, but to render justice to the Ivorians themselves, who
have a right to know how and why a journalist can be kidnapped in broad
daylight in Abidjan and whether any of their president's close aides were
involved," Reporters Without Borders said.
    Kieffer's wife, Silou-Kieffer, said she met on 13 April with Brigitte
Girardin, the deputy minister for cooperation, development and Francophone
countries, who has often raised the case on visits to Abidjan. Girardin
promised to make the case "a priority" when she handed over her portfolio to
her successor and said it would be "an important part of her legacy,"
Silou-Kieffer said.
    Kieffer's brother deplored the Ivorian authorities' continuing
obstructing of the investigation being conducted by French judges Patrick
Ramael and Emmanuelle Ducos, including the Ivorian high command's failure to
respond to a request to question five solders on active service who have been
identified as probable members of the "operational commando unit" that
kidnapped Kieffer.
    The soldiers are Dorgeles Toh Zoua, also known as Arthur (born in Duékoué
in January 1980), Tiburce Vionhou, aka Jose (born in Bangolo on 13 February
1979), Bognan Donatien Glouh, aka Doubi (born in Dabou on 8 June 1983), Jean
Roland Zaomon, aka Requin (born in Duékoué on 20 October 1977) and Doni Yoro,
aka Fisher (born in Abidjan on 1 January 1976).
    "If the Ivorian army has nothing to hide, it should produce evidence that
these five individuals are still alive and it should allow the judges to
question them," Kieffer's brother added.




For further information:

For further information: Emily Jacquard, Canadian office representative,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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