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Ivory Coast transfers Gbagbo right-hand man to ICC

Charles Ble Goude, the former right-hand man of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, has been transferred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity, the Ivorian government said Saturday. The 42-year-old former youth leader faces four counts of crimes against humanity at the court based in The Hague over post-electoral violence in 2010-11.

Ivory Coast to send ex-youth leader Ble Goude to ICC

Ivory Coast announced Thursday it will transfer Charles Ble Goude, the jailed right-hand man of former president Laurent Gbagbo, to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. In September last year, The Hague-based ICC unsealed a warrant for 42-year-old Ble Goude, who faces four counts of crimes against humanity over 2010-2011 post-election unrest. Gbagbo's former youth leader was arrested in Ghana more than a year ago and extradited to Ivory Coast but the authorities were hesitant to send him to the war crimes court.

Ivory Coast to send ex-youth leader Ble Goude to ICC

Ivory Coast announced Thursday it will transfer Charles Ble Goude, the jailed right-hand man of former president Laurent Gbagbo, to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. In September last year, The Hague-based ICC unsealed a warrant for 42-year-old Ble Goude, who faces four counts of crimes against humanity over 2010-2011 post-election unrest. Gbagbo's former youth leader was arrested in Ghana more than a year ago and extradited to Ivory Coast but the authorities were hesitant to send him to the war crimes court.

Ivory Coast to send ex-youth leader Ble Goude to ICC

Ivory Coast will transfer Charles Ble Goude, the jailed right-hand man of former president Laurent Gbagbo, to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, an official said Thursday. The decision was made at a cabinet meeting, a source at the presidency told AFP. Gbagbo's former youth leader was arrested in Ghana more than a year ago and extradited to Ivory Coast. In September last year, The Hague-based ICC unsealed a warrant for 42-year-old Ble Goude, who faces four counts of crimes against humanity over 2010-2011 post-election unrest.

Ivorian exiles in Ghana seek assurances from Ouattara

Ivorian refugees who fled their homeland in the bloody aftermath of the 2010 presidential election said Wednesday they wanted a written guarantee of their safety before returning home. A member of the Coalition of Ivorian Patriots group said they were seeking assurances from President Alassane Ouattara that they would not be arrested or face mob violence if they came back.

Ivory Coast leader urges end to militia attacks

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Monday asked a group of traditional hunters blamed by the UN for summary executions and human rights abuses to put an end to their paramilitary activities. The Dozos are traditional hunters linked to the Ivorian regime who have killed and maimed hundreds of people in Ivory Coast over the past four years with impunity.

Cote d'Ivoire political tension eases, opposition joining gov't possible

Cote d'Ivoire political tension eases, opposition joining gov't possible ABIDJAN, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Events of the last few days signify the easing of relations between the different political camps in Cote d'Ivoire, political analysts have told Xinhua. After over a decade of strained political relations, the Rally of Republicans (RDR, ruling party) and the Cote d'Ivoire Popular Front (FPI, of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo) have agreed to work together.

UN wants end to impunity for ICoast's 'Dozo' killers

The UN operation in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) on Friday called for an end to the impunity enjoyed by 'Dozos', traditional hunters linked to the Ivorian regime who have killed hundreds of people in the past four years. In a report, the mission said Dozos were responsible for multiple human rights violations, "including extrajudicial killings and summary executions, illegal arrest and detentions, looting and extortions," according to a UN statement. UN investigations showed Dozos killed at least 228 people and used guns and blades to wound another 164 between March 2009 and 2013.

Ivory Coast denies sending hit squads to target opponents

Ivory Coast on Monday denied a United Nations report that it sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former president Laurent Gbagbo, who was forced to cede power in 2011 after a post-election crisis. "At this stage, we can't give much credit to what has been said," government spokesman Bruno Kone told a press conference, criticising "inadequacies" in the UN report. "(The report) itself says the experts are not in a position to independently verify the information given by the Ghanaian government," he said.

Ivory Coast hit squads target opponents in Ghana

Ivory Coast sent hit squads to Ghana to kill followers of former strongman Laurent Gbagbo and paid Liberian mercenaries not to stage cross-border attacks for Gbagbo, a UN report said. The Ghana government told United Nations sanctions experts they had "foiled" at least two missions this year by Ivory Coast agents to kill or abduct Gbagbo associates, said the report obtained by AFP Sunday. Payments were made to Liberian mercenaries and Ivory Coast militia commanders in a bid to head off attacks aimed at destabilizing President Alassane Ouattara's government.
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