Ivory Coast TV host sentenced for condoning rape

An Ivorian TV programme presenter has been given a 12-month suspended prison sentenced by an Abidjan court for “condoning rape”.

The presenter was also fined 2m CFA francs ($3,600). Yves de M’Bella hosted a show in which a man described as a convicted ex-rapist, Kader Traore, demonstrated on a mannequin how he assaulted women.

De M’Bella laughed and joked as he helped the man lay the dummy on the floor and pretend to rape it.

Close to 50,000 people signed a petition in protest.

On Wednesday, the court also sentence Traore to 24 months in jail and fined him 500,000 CFA francs for the same offences.


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