Ivory Coast reopens jail after political violence

AP News
Posted: Aug 16, 2011 2:24 PM
Ivory Coast reopens jail after political violence

An Ivory Coast official says the main prison in the West African country's largest city has reopened after it was closed months ago because of postelection violence and a mass prison break.

Minister of the Interior Hamed Bakayoko says the prison's reopening on Tuesday is a step toward security and normalcy after six months of postelection violence earlier this year. The prison was closed in March amid violence in Abidjan.

On Tuesday, 16 detainees were transferred from a military camp to the newly renovated prison.

Former strongman Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to cede power after losing a November poll plunged the country into months of violence that killed thousands. He was arrested in April by forces loyal to President Alassane Ouattara.