Édouard Frank

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Édouard Frank
Prime Minister of the Central African Republic
In office
15 March 1991 – 4 December 1992
President André Kolingba
Preceded by Post abolished
(previously held by Simon Narcisse Bozanga)
Succeeded by Timothée Malendoma
Personal details
Born 1938 (age 75–76)

Édouard Frank (born 1938) is a Central African magistrate and political figure. He was Prime Minister of the Central African Republic from 15 March 1991 to 4 December 1992.

Frank presided over the 1986–1987 trial of former Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa.[1][2] This was described in the press as "the first time in the history of post-colonial Africa that a former chief of state was put on public trial with full guarantees for his defense". Bokassa was sentenced to death at the end of the trial in June 1987.[2] (The sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment, and Bokassa was released in 1993.[3]) Later, Frank was Cabinet Secretary as of 1989.[4]

Frank was appointed as Legal Adviser at the Presidency of the Republic on 6 January 2006. He was dismissed from that post in July 2007.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Death of children main issue of trial", Associated Press (Eugene Register-Guard), 13 December 1986.
  2. ^ a b "BOKASSA DOOMED BY BANGUI COURT", Associated Press, The New York Times, 13 June 1987, section 1, page 5.
  3. ^ Mike Thomson, "'Good old days' under Bokassa?", BBC News, 2 January 2009.
  4. ^ "A SUDAN NEIGHBOR CUTS TIES IN AIR FEUD", Associated Press (Boston Globe), 30 May 1989.
  5. ^ "CAR: President Bozizé Issues Decree Dismissing Presidential Legal Adviser", Radio Centrafrique, Bangui (nl.newsbank.com), 22 July 2007.
Preceded by
post abolished
Prime Minister of the Central African Republic
1991–1992
Succeeded by
Timothée Malendoma