ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The head of a commission investigating Ivory Coast's post-election violence says more than 550 fighters allied with President Alassane Ouattara committed crimes such as execution and torture during the conflict.
Paulette Badjo made this disclosure during a ceremony Wednesday at which she delivered the commission's final report to the president. Some 3,000 people died in violence that rocked Ivory Coast after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in the 2010 election.
More than 100 Gbagbo loyalists have since been detained, while no fighters from Ouattara's side have been imprisoned or credibly investigated, prompting allegations of one-sided justice.
Ouattara has long said he is waiting on the commission to complete its work before commencing with prosecutions, and Justice Minister Matto Loma Cisse said Wednesday that prosecutions would begin soon.
- Politics & Government
- Ivory Coast
- Alassane Ouattara
- Laurent Gbagbo