Ivory Coast extradites 2 former Gbagbo officials

AP News
Posted: Feb 05, 2013 9:18 AM

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A spokeswoman for Ivory Coast's civilian prosecutor says that a former security official and a former student leader allied with ex-President Laurent Gbagbo were arrested in Ghana Monday and extradited to Abidjan early Tuesday morning.

Jean-Noel Abehi was a top gendarmerie official based at Agban military camp in Abidjan, and Jean-Yves Dibopieu was a leader of the Student Federation of Ivory Coast, a group implicated in rights abuses before and during Ivory Coast's 2010-11 post-election violence.

Habiba Coulibaly, the spokeswoman, said she could provide no information on charges facing the two men.

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The post-election conflict erupted after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede office despite losing the November 2010 election to current President Alassane Ouattara. The U.N. estimates that more than 3,000 people died over five months of fighting.