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Liberia extradites 41 Ivorians

2012-06-22 22:04

Dakar - A court in Liberia has ruled that 41 Ivorians should be extradited to Abidjan for their alleged role in the 2010 to 2011 conflict in the Ivory Coast, local media reported on Friday.

According to Liberia's New Dawn newspaper, the men were arrested last year as they attempted to cross into Liberia from Ivory Coast carrying ammunition.

The Liberian government initially dropped charges against them, but reinstated them on Friday, some two weeks after 22 people - including UN peacekeepers from Niger - were killed in attacks in western Ivory Coast.

Earlier this month, Human Rights Watch issued a report saying that Ivorians loyal to former leader Laurent Gbagbo living in Liberia were believed to be plotting attacks on villages just over the border in Ivory Coast.
The report accused the Liberian government of doing nothing to prevent the attacks.

Gbagbo is currently at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, awaiting a hearing pertaining to a trial for alleged war crimes during the conflict, which was sparked by his refusal to leave office after being defeated in a 2010 election.