The ousted Central African dictator--Emperor jean Bedel Bokassa--arrived in the Ivory Coast on Monday (24 September), according to a presidential Communique carried on Radio Abidjan.
The ousted Central African dictator--Emperor jean Bedel Bokassa--arrived in the Ivory Coast on Monday (24 September), according to a presidential Communique carried on Radio Abidjan. The former self-proclaimed Emperor left Paris in a military aircraft after the French had denied him sanctuary, branding him as undesirable. The new government, headed by David Dacko, a former President when the country was a Republic, has asked for the return of the ousted ruler to face charges of the mass murder of children and other crimes.
SYNOPSIS: Although the French government once supported Bokassa's regime he has been condemned by the French public and media. When his plane arrived at Evreux, on Friday (21 September) angry Frenchmen launched immediate demonstrations.
The deposed Emperor's estranged son, Georges Bokassa, (wearing a light jacket)mingled with the demonstrators, who shouted: "Why do we allow this murder to stay on French soil.?"
The following day, (22 September) Bokassa's private plane remained on the tarmac withe the deposed Emperor, and his party virtual prisoners inside. Bokassa's French nationality meant that extradited from France. While French legal authorities searched for a way out of the dilemma, they made it clear that his human rights record would bar him from entry.
Bokassa had hoped to join his wife and family already living in a chateau near Hardricourt--one of the many luxury homes he owns in France.
The deposed Emperor has been condemned to death by the new government of the Central African Republic. This has caused great rejoicing there, but students in France are angry over their government's decision to let the deposed Emperor fly out.