Coporal shot and killed by a Sentry for Masterminding Protests Against the Government’ Withholdal of Bonus Payment for Peacekeeping Troops.

Coporal shot and killed by a Sentry for Masterminding Protests Against the Government’ Withholdal of Bonus Payment for Peacekeeping Troops.

17 Dec 2018, by Kez@ClosingSpaces in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

A sentry shot and killed Corporal Mohamed Dangou during an attempt to detain him for questioning at the Guezo military camp in Cotonou. Authorities stated that in December 2015 Dangou and four other peacekeeping troops serving in Cote d’Ivoire masterminded protests regarding the government’s withholding of bonus payment to its peacekeeping troops there. Chief of defense staff, General Awal Nagnimi, claimed in a press conference after the shooting that Dangou refused to be taken in for questioning by gendarmes, and the sentry posted at the entrance of the military camp shot Dangou while he tried to flee the camp.

Details of Occurrence

Country of OccurrenceBenin Republic
Date of Occurrence06 Jan 2016
Security Agents InvolvedThe Army
Legal FoundationsArticle 8 of the Constitution of the republic of Benin
Rights ImplicatedRight to Life
Actions Taken

On April 22, Alfred Hamelo, the sentry who shot Dangou, was placed under court supervision (controle judicaire). On July 28, the Constitutional Court ruled that the military had violated article eight of the constitution related to the inviolability of the human person and, as an instrument of the state, its obligation to respect and protect that person. The court also ordered reparations for the violation.

Casualties

One death

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