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Fallen Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo to get legal aid at ICC

Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo will get legal aidwhile his financial status is assessed, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Saturday. His defence costs to date will be covered by the ICC’s legal aid, said a statement from the court’s clerk, after his defence team said they had no resources with which to conduct his defence. During…

Gbagbo becomes first ex-president to appear at ICC

Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo made his first appearance Monday before the International Criminal Court on charges ofcrimes against humanity, and accused France of orchestrating his arrest. Gbagbo, the first former head of state to be brought before the tribunal, faces four counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and inhuman acts, over post-election…

Gbago detained in his residence by French army

PARIS (Reuters) – French special forces have detained Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo and handed him to leaders of the rebel opposition, after French tanks forced their way into his residence, a Gbagbo adviser in France said. “Gbagbo has been arrested by French special forces in his residence and has been handed over to the rebel…

French forces rescue Japanese ambassador to Ivory Coast during firefight

ABIDJAN (AFP) – Heavy weapons fire erupted in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan on Thursday after Japan’s ambassador was rescued overnight from fierce battles involving fighters for would-be president Alassane Ouattara. Gunfire was heard around the presidential palace and the residence of strongman Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to cede power…

Abidjan plunged into fear as gun battles rage

ABIDJAN – Armed opponents of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo advanced through Abidjan on Monday as heavy fighting spread to new parts of the economic capital, striking fear into residents. Forces loyal to internationally recognised president Alassane Ouattara were continuing to move south through Abidjan from their powerbase in the…

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