Witness claims pressure from French presidency in Guy-André Kieffer kidnap case

first_img RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Reporters Without Borders, the family and wife of Guy-André Kieffer, as well as the French trade union SNJ-CGT, are all civil parties in the case. The judges, Patrick Ramael and Nicolas Blot, have not yet received this complaint and the public ministry has not yet replied to their request for the submission of the case to court for “suborning a witness”. Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election RSF_en to go further Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Witness claims pressure from French presidency in Guy-André Kieffer kidnap case Reporters Without Borders said it was mystified to learn at a meeting with the French investigating judges in the Guy-André Kieffer abduction case that a witness has claimed to have been put under pressure from within the French presidency not to testify to the judges.Osange Silou-Kieffer, the wife of the freelance Canadian-French journalist who was abducted from an Abidjan car park in April 2004, and family members also voiced their concern following the meeting.The civil parties to the case have urged the public ministry, which has so far been silent on the issue, to quickly entrust an investigation to the two judges, Patrick Ramael and Nicolas Blot, so that the incident can be cleared up. November 27, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire “The claims made by this witness are serious and should be checked. The public ministry must allow the examining judges to establish the facts and responsibilities in this incident, interfering with a case that is already complicated enough for reasons of state” the worldwide press freedom organisation and the Kieffer family said. A witness contacted the judge, Patrick Ramael on 21 July 2008 saying that he was prepared, on condition of anonymity, to give information to the investigation into “kidnapping and false imprisonment” that was opened after Kieffer’s disappearance. News Receive email alertscenter_img Help by sharing this information The examining judge made a note of the incident on the file and summoned Patrick Ouart as a witness. At this interview, on 23 September, Ouart denied having made contact with any witness and putting pressure on him. The following day he laid a complaint against X for “false accusation”. Reports Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 16, 2020 Find out more The judge on 24 July sought and obtained permission from the chief prosecutor and the judge handling detentions and freedoms, to interview the witness on the basis of anonymity. The identity of the witness was given with the request in conformity with procedure. Ivorian, Jean-Tony Oulai, who calls himself an “ex-army captain” and who some witnesses accuse of directing the abduction of Kieffer was put under investigation for “kidnapping and false imprisonment” in France in 2006 and remanded in custody. But the investigation has been hampered by poor relations between France and Cote d’Ivoire, the problem of investigating on the spot, and a conspiracy of silence around those involved in the case, all of them close to the Ivorian presidency. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News October 29, 2020 Find out more The witness appeared at the palace of justice as agreed on 28 July but told Judge Ramael at the last moment that he no longer wished to give evidence. He referred to “pressure” from two people, but named only Patrick Ouart, adviser to French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, on justice issues. Kieffer was snatched from the car park of an Abidjan supermarket on 16 April 2004, after being lured there by Michel Legré, brother-in-law of Simone Gbagbo, wife of the president Laurent Gbagbo. Judge Ramael placed Legré under investigation on 21 October 2004 for “kidnapping and false imprisonment”. Although supposedly under house arrest in Abidjan, following 18 months in custody, he is free to move around including out of the country. Organisation last_img read more

The effect of maternal age and experience on egg-size and hatching success in Wandering Albatrosses Diomedea exulans

first_imgThe roles of maternal age and experience, on the one hand, and individual, year and random effects on the other, in influencing avian egg-size and hatching success have been much debated but seldom studied comprehensively. We investigated these topics with Wandering Albatrosses Diomedea exulans of known age (7–30 years) and experience (1–8 breeding attempts) over a 10-year period. Older and more experienced birds laid larger eggs. After allowing for year and controlling for experience, significant age effects remained; after controlling for age, no detectable experience effects remained. However, age accounted for only 6% of the overall egg-size variation. Egg-size varied significantly between years and has increased over the last decade. Individuals laid eggs of consistent sizes; 55% of the random variation in egg-weight was due to such effects. Egg- and hatchling-weight were very closely linked; larger eggs also had higher hatching success. The latter was influenced significantly by age and experience but neither remained significant after controlling for the other. Year effects were also detectable. That there are significant effects of age, experience, year and individual on egg-weight (and hatching success) is probably typical of seabirds generally, though with different balances between factors depending on species and situation; however, insufficient data exist to examine this critically. Our finding that age was a more important influence than breeding experience does not support recent suggestions that hatching success is mainly influenced by experience and that experience will have a greater effect on reproductive success in long-lived species with high mate-fidelity. However, Wandering Albatrosses may have acquired much relevant experience before even starting to breed.last_img read more