Abidjan (AFP) - Fourteen members of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo's security detail will stand trial in the Ivory Coast on Thursday over post-election violence that killed some 3,000 people.
The military trial comes after a civilian court in Abidjan on Tuesday sentenced former first lady Simone Gbagbo to a 20-year prison term on charges of undermining state security during the 2010-2011 crisis.
Those facing Thursday's military trial include Gbagbo's military doctor, prosecutor Ange Kessi told reporters Wednesday.
Kessi said that they were being charged with disobeying orders and violating state security.
Three top Gbagbo security officers -- Anselme Seka Yapo, Jean-Noel Abehi and Brunot Dogbo Ble -- will also stand trial in a military court later, Kessi said without specifying a date.
Yapo, the head of Simone Gbagbo's security detail, was one of the most feared men in Ivory Coast and was accused of supervising "death squads."
Abehi led a unit that was considered one of Gbagbo's last lines of defence during the crisis.
Dogbo Ble, commander of the Republican Guard, was already sentenced to 20 years on Tuesday in the civilian trial along with Simone Gbagbo.
Simone Gbagbo and Dogbo Ble were among 79 suspects in the trial that began in late December.
The former president himself is in The Hague awaiting trial in July for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.
The International Criminal Court on Wednesday decided to combine the trials of Gbagbo and his close ally Charles Ble Goude because their cases alleging post-election violence are nearly identical.
Gbagbo is alleged to have fomented a campaign of violence in a vain attempt to stay in power after being defeated in his bid for reelection by Ivory Coast's current President Alassane Ouattara.