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

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, is currently in The Hague awaiting trial for crimes committed during the post-election crisis.

Ghana court rejects request to extradite Ivorian fugitive

ACCRA (Reuters) - A court in Ghana on Friday rejected a request to extradite a senior ally of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, saying the warrant issued by Ivorian authorities was politically motivated. Justin Kone Katinan, Gbagbo's former budget minister, was arrested in August last year in Accra on an international warrant accusing him of masterminding the looting of banks in the Ivorian capital.

Ivory Coast frees 14 Gbagbo allies pending criminal trials

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Judicial authorities in Ivory Coast have ordered the release from prison of 14 top allies of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, including his son, pending criminal trials this year, the state prosecutor said on Monday. More than 100 suspected supporters of the former president were arrested in the wake of a brief 2011 war that erupted after Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat at the hands of Alassane Ouattara in a presidential run-off in late 2010.

Six prisoners dead in Ivory Coast jailbreak bid

At least six prisoners have died and several others, including guards, were injured during an attempted breakout from an Abidjan prison, security sources said Wednesday. People living near the Maca jail, the largest in Ivory Coast, said shooting erupted on Tuesday and continued late into the night. "There are at least six dead among the prisoners and many injured, including both prisoners and guards, " a security source said, updating an earlier toll of two dead.

Gbagbo ally says I.Coast leader insincere on reconciliation

A top ally of ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Monday accused the country's new leader of being dishonest in his efforts to heal divides two years after a brutal civil conflict. Gbagbo loyalist Damana Adia Pickass captured global media attention when he seized the piece of paper with results from Ivory Coast's fiercely disputed 2010 presidential election and tore it up in front of journalists as the tally was being read out for the first time.

UN fears attacks from Liberia on I. Coast

UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Friday raised fears that followers of ousted Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo could step up attacks on the country from neighboring Liberia. Ban said in a report to the UN Security Council that the United Nations has indications that cross-border attacks are being planned with the help of Liberian mercenaries. Extra Ivory Coast government forces and UN peacekeepers have been sent to the border area in recent months following raids on villages in Ivory Coast this year.

Gbagbo ally says he fears torture if returned to Ivory Coast

A former Ivory Coast minister and key ally of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo said on Wednesday that he fears torture if he is extradited back to Ivory Coast from Ghana. Justin Kone Katinan, Gbagbo's spokesman and an ex-budget minister, has been fighting extradition since authorities in neighbouring Ghana arrested him last August. Ivorian authorities have accused him of 20 counts of robbery and conspiracy to rob, and Katinan was in the witness box for the second day to defend against those charges.

I.Coast charges Gbagbo ally with 'plotting' against state

An Abidjan court has charged the youth leader of former president Laurent Gbagbo's party with plotting to destabilise the state, his lawyer said Tuesday. Justin Koua was arrested on June 7 and charged on Monday with "insulting the head of state, undermining national security... plotting against authority, heading and belonging to an armed gang." His lawyer Rodrigue Dadje told AFP that Koua, the youth leader of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), was questioned by intelligence officers and locked up in Abidjan's central prison.

I.Coast charges Gbagbo ally with 'plotting' against state

An Abidjan court has charged the youth leader of former president Laurent Gbagbo's party with plotting to destabilise the state, his lawyer said Tuesday. Justin Koua was arrested on June 7 and charged on Monday with "insulting the head of state, undermining national security... plotting against authority, heading and belonging to an armed gang." His lawyer Rodrigue Dadje told AFP that Koua, the youth leader of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), was questioned by intelligence officers and locked up in Abidjan's central prison.

ICC wants more evidence before charging I.Coast's Gbagbo

The International Criminal Court said Monday it wanted more evidence before deciding whether to try Ivorian ex-president Laurent Gbagbo for crimes against humanity for his role in a bloody election standoff two years ago. "The pre-trial chamber adjourned the hearing on the confirmation of charges and requested the prosecutor to consider providing further evidence or conducting a further investigation" into the charges presented against Gbagbo, the court in The Hague said in a statement.
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