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towards a Gabonese mediation between the two brothers?

Officially, the Gabonese authorities remain silent on the stay in the country of Kpatcha Gnassingbé. However, a few sources claimed that Mr. Gnassingbé did indeed arrive in Gabon last week. He arrived for treatment, but these same sources do not specify the hospital or clinic that received the patient. They also do not specify the duration of the stay, nor the legal status of Mr. Gnassingbé, reports our correspondent in Libreville, Yves-Laurent Goma

Arrived in Libreville for eight days for treatment does not benefit from any release procedure, according to Me Zeus Ajavon, one of the members of his group of lawyers, who indicates that it is a “ medical evacuation, he is not on bail, nor on parole, nor pardoned “. If he were released or pardoned, it could “ defuse the Togolese political atmosphere “says the lawyer to our correspondent in Lomé, Peter Sassou Dogbe :

Kpatcha Gnassingbé’s lawyer wonders about the legal status of his client, believes that it is only a medical evacuation

Peter Dogbe

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Another source, very high up in the Gabonese administration, affirmed that Libreville wants to take advantage of this medical stay for Kpatcha Gnassingbé to begin mediation with his brother, Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé. « 14 years after the alleged coup attempt for which Kpatcha Gnassingbé was thrown in prison, it is time to begin a reconciliation “, supported our source.

Gabonese President Ali Bongo would, in person, be willing to play a key role in this process of normalization between the two sons of former Togolese President Étienne Gnassingbé Eyadema. Ali Bongo and Faure Gnassingbé have excellent relations. The Togolese number one came to Libreville ten times in three years. Ali Bongo gave him the lift last December and it would be during this trip that the transfer of Kpatcha to Libreville would have been decided.

For Me Claude Kokou Amegan, president of the Cacit (Collective of associations against impunity in Togo), the Togolese are entitled to know what the contours of this transfer are. ” We have the impression that everything can be done at the will of the authorities,” he said.

Me Claude Kokou Amegan, president of the Cacit

Amelie Tulet

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