Gbagbo charged with 'economic crimes'

2011-08-19 12:18

Abidjan - Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone have been charged with "economic crimes" and placed under preventative detention, the public prosecutor announced Thursday.

Gbagbo was charged on Thursday evening with "economic crimes [including] aggravated theft, attacks on the national economy, embezzlement of public funds, pillage," prosecutor Simplice Kouadio Koffi told reporters, shortly after announcing similar charges against Gbagbo's wife.

Gbagbo and his wife were already under house arrest, he in Korhogo and she in Odienne, both northern cities.

The couple was originally held on April 11 after a four-month conflict and two weeks of full-out war sparked by Gbagbo's refusal to concede to Alassane Ouattara after November 2010 elections.

According to the prosecutor, the charges against Simone Gbagbo were laid on Tuesday.

Their arrest brings to more than 80 the number of Gbagbo supporters placed in custody since the end of the conflict.

These include the president of the former ruling Ivorian People's Front (FPI) Pascal Affi N'Guessan, and Gbagbo's son, French-Ivorian Michel Gbagbo.

Ouattara's government hopes that the The International Criminal Court in The Hague, which has not yet officially opened an enquiry into the unrest, will eventually try the former presidential couple.

In June the court's prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked judges for permission to probe alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity after Ivory Coast's disputed election.

  • Netherlands - 2011-08-19 12:59

    Question is: Will the ANC and their ELITE be charged with similar offences when they loose power is South Africa????

      Dead Skunk - 2011-08-19 13:30

      What makes you think they will ever loose power or if they did will give it up....

      Netherlands - 2011-08-20 00:26

      Never EVER say NEVER!

      Netherlands - 2011-08-20 00:27

      Or EVER.... that's when it comes to BITE YOU IN THE AR5E!

  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-08-19 13:26

    I'm sure the french are getting exactly what they wanted now. NATO to the rescue once again for greedy western interests. It is time for change on a much bigger scale. Watch out imperialist Nations we see your intent.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-08-19 14:24

      bwahahahahahaha! I love rhetoric.

      slg - 2011-08-19 16:25

      Nato is a defensive military alliance made up of 28 member countries. The second-largest member is Turkey, a country of 73 million Muslims. What are you talking about then when you say "greedy western interests"?

      Netherlands - 2011-08-20 00:28


  • tee-hee-hee - 2011-08-19 15:55

    Why do US/UK France & Israel "never" get charged under humanitarian law for the repeated war crimes they commit ? We Demand change in our World!!

      slg - 2011-08-19 16:22

      Because they do not commit war crimes. They do not intentionally harm to civilians and do not under any circumstances commit genocide. They go to great lengths to avoid harm to civilians.

  • blcotter - 2011-08-19 19:03

    The word on the street was that every 3rd crude oil tanker revenue leaving Ivory Coast was into Gbagbos account. Not surprising.

      AJ - 2011-08-20 01:14

      Public knew about it. Not surprising. Public living largely in poverty. Not surprising. Public re-electing same 'leader'. Not surprising. African politics a license to loot not lead. Not surprising.

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