The court sentenced the two soldiers to 17 years imprisonment.
The Ivorian Court in Abidjan on Friday sentenced two members of the Republican Force of Cote d’Ivoire (FRCI) to a total of 17 years imprisonment for murder.
The FRCI is a force established by President Alassane Quattara after the political crisis that rocked the country in 2011.
The two soldiers, Doumbia Amara and Daouda Bazemon, and five others have been standing trial for the murder of five persons on December 18, 2011 in Vavoua, Midwestern Cote d’Ivoire.
At the opening of the trial on April 11, the prosecutor, Ange Kessi, had also alleged that the soldiers were involved in gross abuse of human rights during the political crisis.
He argued that the ruling of the court would determine if there would be an end to the culture of impunity which he said had become the characteristic of the FRCI.
Delivering its judgement, the court sentenced Messrs Amara and Bazemon to ten and seven years imprisonment respectively, while the other five were discharged for lack of evidence implicating them with the murder.
The trial is the first since the establishment of the FRCI, mainly made up of rebels who fought in support of Quattara during the Ivorian post electoral crisis.
Reacting to the judgement, the Human Right Watch said it should be the beginning of the process of bringing justice to victims of the crisis.
It said in statement in Abidjan that impunity and lawlessness would be difficult to stamp out if the government did not show enough willingness to allow justice take its course.
The Ivorian post-election crisis which ended in June 11, 2011 with the arrest of former president Laurent Gbagbo is said to have led to about 3,000 deaths.
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