ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's military tribunal has started the first trial stemming from last year's postelection violence, a case that involves the March 2011 killing of a colonel.
Proceedings began Tuesday against the five suspects, who are charged with kidnapping and murder. They include Bruno Dogbo Ble, the feared head of former President Laurent Gbagbo's Republican Guard.
Gbagbo's refusal to cede power after losing the November 2010 election to Alassane Ouattara, the current president, sparked six months of violence in this West African nation that claimed at least 3,000 lives.
Ble has been charged with a host of other crimes allegedly committed during the violence, including genocide. The military tribunal said he had also been charged in connection with the 2002 killing of former President Robert Guei.