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Gunmen kill I. Coast journalist

Gunmen have killed a journalist in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan, the head of the Union of the Private Press of Ivory Coast (Synapp-CI) said Tuesday, calling the murder "a bad sign". Desire Oue, 40, the managing editor of the "Tomorrow Magazine" review, was "gunned down on Friday night at his home by unidentified armed men," Guillaume Gbatto told AFP. "A former employee of RTI (public radio and television), he was very well known in press circles. This was a murder during the course of his duty," the union chief said.

Military trial set for former Ivory Coast security chief

A top security officer in the government of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is to go on trial for atrocities in the coming weeks, the military prosecutor said Wednesday. The closed-door trial of Jean-Noel Abehi will be held between November 21 and December 31 but the precise dates will not be made public "for security reasons", Ange Kessi told AFP. The charges also include "desertion abroad" and "plotting", he said.

I.Coast ex-president Gbagbo to remain behind bars

Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo must remain behind bars in The Hague pending his possible trial for crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court ruled on Monday. "Despite the improved security situation in the Ivory Coast, detention is still necessary to ensure Mr Gbagbo's appearance before the court," the ICC said in a statement. Detention is also necessary "to ensure that he does not obstruct or endanger the investigation or the court proceedings", it added.

Ivory Coast youth leader asks government to reject ICC warrant

By Ange Aboa ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Charles Ble Goude, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and an ally of Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, should be tried by an Ivorian court and not sent to The Hague, the ex-youth leader's lawyers said.

ICC has warrant for arrest of Gbagbo aide

The International Criminal Court on Tuesday unsealed a warrant for the arrest of ex-Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo's youth leader, accusing him of crimes against humanity during a bloody election standoff some three years ago. Charles Ble Goude, 40, once known as the "Street General", is detained in Ivory Coast and wanted by the ICC on four counts including murder and rape, committed during 2010-2011 post-election violence. The Ivory Coast government said it had "taken note" of the arrest warrant and would respond to the ICC "in due time".

ICC unveils arrest warrant for Ivory Coast politician Ble Goude

By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday unsealed a warrant for the arrest of Charles Ble Goude who is accused of working with former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to orchestrate a wave of post-election violence. He is the third person, after Gbagbo and Gbagbo's wife Simone, to be indicted by the court for events relating to the post-election civil war in 2010 and 2011, in which more than 3,000 people died.

I. Coast won't transfer ex-first lady to ICC

Ivory Coast said Friday it would not transfer former first lady Simone Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, but would try her at home instead. The decision came 18 months after the ICC issued a warrant for her arrest over suspected crimes against humanity, charges which her husband and former president Laurent Gbagbo is also facing. Ivory Coast's cabinet decided to file a "motion to dismiss" the warrant. Her husband also awaits trial in The Hague over months of deadly violence that followed 2010 polls.

I.Coast says won't transfer Simone Gbagbo to ICC

Ivory Coast said Friday it would not transfer former first lady Simone Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, but would try her at home instead. The decision came 18 months after the ICC issued a warrant for the wife of former president Laurent Gbagbo for suspected crimes against humanity. Ivory Coast's cabinet decided to file a "motion to dismiss" the warrant and not to send Simone Gbagbo to The Hague, where her husband awaits trial over months of deadly violence that followed 2010 polls.

Ivory Coast to try ICC-wanted former first lady in Ivorian court

By Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast will try former first lady Simone Gbagbo, who is being sought by the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity, in a domestic court, the government said following a special cabinet meeting on Friday. Former President Laurent Gbagbo, whose refusal to accept defeat in a late 2010 presidential runoff triggered a brief war in Ivory Coast, is currently in the ICC's custody awaiting trial for crimes committed during the post-election crisis.

I.Coast refuses to transfer Simone Gbagbo to ICC

Ivory Coast on Friday decided not to transfer former first lady Simone Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court, which issued a warrant last year for suspected crimes against humanity. A cabinet meeting decided to file a "motion to dismiss" the warrant and not to send Simone Gbagbo to The Hague, where her husband and former president, Laurent Gbagbo, awaits trial over months of deadly violence that followed 2010 polls. It took Ivory Coast more than 18 months to come up with a decision in her case.
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