A tv presenter in Ivory Coast was convicted on Wednesday of glorifying rape and given a one-year suspended jail sentence for asking a convicted rapist he invited onto his prime-time present to simulate a sexual assault utilizing a model.
The court docket additionally fined the presenter, Yves de Mbella, 2 million CFA francs ($3,619.91) and banned him from leaving Abidjan, the nation’s industrial capital, for one yr, a spokesperson for Ivory Coast’s justice system advised Reuters.
The person who appeared on the present was sentenced to 2 years in jail, the spokesperson stated.
De Mbella has apologised for the phase by which he requested his visitor to display how he raped ladies, helped him modify the feminine model and requested whether or not the victims “loved it”.
De Mbella stated on Tuesday he had been attempting to “elevate consciousness” within the phase, which aired on the Nouvelle Chaine Ivoirienne (NCI) personal tv station on Monday, however stated he had “made an error”.
NCI additionally apologised and cancelled the ultimate episode of de Mbella’s present, which had been scheduled for Friday. A web-based petition calling for de Mbella’s present to be cancelled has acquired almost 50,000 signatures.
Ivory Coast’s unbiased communications council on Tuesday ordered de Mbella suspended for 30 days, saying the phase had condoned rape and attacked the dignity of girls.