French journalist charged in Ivory Coast
( AP ) - A French journalist and nine Africans have been arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including threatening state security, a prosecutor said Thursday.
The 10 are accused of conspiracy against the state, belonging to an armed group, and threatening public safety and state security, said state prosecutor Raymond Tchimou.
Among those detained was French photojournalist Jean-Paul Ney, who was arrested Dec. 27 outside the headquarters of national TV. He was accompanied by an Ivoirian national, Tchimou said.
"The Ivoirian was carrying a firearm and the Frenchman had a number of electronic gadgets on his arm," the prosecutor said.
Eight other people were arrested following an investigation by the Bureau of National Surveillance. Tchimou said the inquiry turned up video footage "and other incriminating objects."
Last week, Meite Sindou, spokesman for Ivory Coast's prime minister, said the government believes Ney is tied to Ibrahim Coulibaly, a former army sergeant who lives in exile in Benin and is accused of involvement in a 2003 plot against President Laurent Gbagbo.