This Friday, before the last day of the year, Mali records the verdict of the trial of 46 Ivory Coast soldiers who have been detained in the country since July last year.
since mid-August, accused of “attacking the country’s external security” in Mali and qualified as “mercenaries” by Bamako. According to reports, the accused refused to serve. Answer questions from the court.
As a result, the prosecution made its first closing argument, and the defence counsel defended in favour of the client. Prosecutors are back with a second indictment before hearings were suspended and set for this Friday.
The Release could take the form of a firm conviction with a presidential pardon, or a conditional conviction followed by an immediate acquittal on Friday. According to Moctar Sy of Malian civil society, the trial stage of the 46 Ivorian soldiers was a must.
“I can say that this case is really symbolic because, after the political stage, there was the judicial stage. And when a case is litigated, let justice do its job, and I think that`s what`s being done. Politics shouldn`t trump justice. That`s why we have to find a balance. Make decisions and prioritize justice, even when it means politics intervenes to solve problems.
The first day of the trial of 46 Ivory Coast soldiers was surrounded by critical security devices that cut off access to the courtroom for the public, especially journalists who had to follow the hearing from the outside.