Ivory Coast extradites 2 Gbagbo officials

2013-02-05 19:00
Laurent Gbagbo (Picture: AFP)

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Abidjan - A spokesperson for Ivory Coast's civilian prosecutor says that a former security official and a former student leader allied with ex-President Laurent Gbagbo were arrested in Ghana on Monday and extradited to Abidjan early on Tuesday morning.

Jean-Noel Abehi was a top gendarmerie official based at Agban military camp in Abidjan, and Jean-Yves Dibopieu was a leader of the Student Federation of Ivory Coast, a group implicated in rights abuses before and during Ivory Coast's 2010-11 post-election violence.

Habiba Coulibaly, the spokesperson, said she could provide no information on charges facing the two men.

The post-election conflict erupted after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede office despite losing the November 2010 election to current President Alassane Ouattara. The UN estimates that more than 3 000 people died over five months of fighting.

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