Monday, October 3, 2011

Int'l court OKs Ivory Coast violence probe

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The International Criminal Court on Monday authorized an investigation into violence that left some 3,000 people dead after Ivory Coast's disputed presidential election last year.

The violence erupted after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara after losing the election last November.

Ouattara finally took office in May and asked the international court to investigate crimes committed by both sides during the postelection crisis.

The announcement signals the start of the court's seventh investigation, all of them in Africa. So far, none of the cases has reached a verdict.


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