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Ivory Coast ‘Charges Ex-Rebels for Election Violence’

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Laurent Gbagbo, the former head of the Ivory Coast, appears before the International Criminal Court, becoming the first former head of state to appear before the court. (AP Photo)

Laurent Gbagbo, the former head of the Ivory Coast, appears before the International Criminal Court, becoming the first former head of state to appear before the court. (AP Photo)

(BBC) – Ex-rebels who backed Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara are among 20 people charged with war crimes committed during post-election violence in 2010-2011, judicial sources say.

Some of them, including two senior commanders, are now in the military.

Until now, only those who supported the previous government have faced justice, prompting criticism from activists.

More than 3,000 people died after ex-leader Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in presidential elections.

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