17 Apr '11, 11pm

Ivory Coast to probe Gbagbo regime for 'blood crimes': ABIDJAN : Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara Sunday...

Ivory Coast to probe Gbagbo regime for 'blood crimes': ABIDJAN : Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara Sunday...

ABIDJAN : Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara Sunday moved to bolster his authority in the deeply divided country with a probe into members of his ousted rival's regime for "blood crimes". The former IMF official and long-time opposition figure took charge last Monday of the world's top cocoa grower when his forces stormed the presidential palace in Abidjan and seized defiant strongman Laurent Gbagbo. Ouattara's government ordered civil servants to resume work from Monday -- exactly a week after Gbagbo's dramatic arrest. And his Justice Minister Jeannot Ahoussou told AFP he would ask prosecutors to investigate members of Gbagbo's regime suspected of various crimes, adding the focus would be on "blood crimes", weapons purchases or embezzlement. Targets could be members of the previous government but also journalists of state radio RTI, which was viewed as a powerful pro...

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