Former Ivory Coast minister convicted for 2012 attack

Hubert Oulaye allegedly funded an attack that 18 people, including seven UN peacekeepers.

Former Ivory Coast minister Hubert Oulaye hears the verdict in his trial in at the Assize Court in Abidjan on December 26, 2017. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - A 20-year jail sentence has been handed down to a former Ivory Coast minister for his part in a 2012 attack that killed 18 people, including seven UN peacekeepers.

The West African country’s attorney general says 64-year-old Hubert Oulaye, who was the Public Works Minister under former President Laurent Gbagbo, “provided the financial means to establish a rebellion in the west” of the country.

Oulaye allegedly funded an attack that 18 people, including seven UN peacekeepers.

He supported Gbagbo, whose refusal to accept electoral defeat started the war in 2011.

Gbagbo is currently on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where they maintain the trial was political and he’s appealing the verdict and sentence.

Legal analysts say it’s undermining President Alassane Ouattara’s bid to achieve reconciliation after the conflict that left more than 3,000 dead.