Son of former Ivory Coast strongman charged

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Posted: Aug 10, 2011 1:57 PM
Son of former Ivory Coast strongman charged

An official in Ivory Coast says 12 people including the son of the country's former strongman have been detained and charged over their actions during six months of postelection violence that left thousands dead.

Spokesman Noel Dje of the Abidjan constable's office said Wednesday the detainees include Michel Gbagbo and Pascal Affi N'Guessan, former head of the Ivorian Popular Front. He said some of the detainees face up to 20 years in prison for charges including challenging state security, xenophobia, rebellion and interfering with the military. Trial dates have not yet been set.

Dje says former leader Laurent Gbagbo and his wife will be charged but their case will be handled by the Ministry of the Interior.

Gbagbo's refusal to step down after his defeat in November presidential elections sparked the deadly postelection violence.