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Ivorian Activists Call for Legal Support for Woman Accusing Minister of Rape

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The Ivorian League for Women’s Rights is asking the public to help with legal support for a woman who accused Kouadio Konan Bertin, the Ivorian Minister for Reconciliation of rape following the withdrawal of her legal counsel.

At a press conference on Saturday, the legal officer for the Ivorian League for Women’s Rights, Caroline Goli said, “In this kind of case it’s extremely, extremely difficult to get a lawyer to go with you. The name, the reputation of the clients, everything you can imagine is at stake. Also, there is the obstacle of payment”.

The complaint was filed with the police after which prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into the rape accusation on Wednesday.

The minister, Kouadio Konan Bertin, has also filed a suit against her for libel.

Another Ivorian-Cameroonian artist also alleges that while working with Bertin in April she had been forcibly taken to Divo, a town 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of Abidjan, where she was raped.

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