Meanwhile, in South Africa, Richard Rouget admitted that he had helped 12 South Africans to find jobs (at $6,000 a month each) train and fight alongside the Ivory Coast's soldiers. Rouget claimed that he was only an intermediary for the 12 South Africans, using connections made through his hunting business. The Pretoria Regional Court also imposed a suspended five-year prison sentence, should he be convicted of another offense under the Foreign Military Assistance Act within the next five years. - Adam Geibel
The Security Council voted unanimously to extend the authorization for more than 5,000 French and West African peacekeepers maintaining a fragile cease-fire in the Ivory Coast.