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Ivory Coast ex-president's son, 12 others charged with post-election violence

The son of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile], Michel Gbagbo, and 12 other Gbagbo allies were charged Wednesday with committing acts of post-election violence [JURIST news archive]. The 13 men are charged with armed insurrection and undermining the nation. Although Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile; political website, in French] has insisted that all those responsible for war crimes will be prosecuted [JURIST report], none of his supporters has been charged or arrested. However, reports have alleged that violence is still being committed by Ouattara supporters [JURIST report]. With the arrest of his son and the 12 others, all Gbagbo's political allies have been charged except for him and his wife.

Earlier this month, Ouattara set up a commission of inquiry [JURIST report] to investigate crimes and human rights violations that took place during post-election violence. Last month, he granted permission [JURIST report] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to investigate the violence following the presidential elections in which former president Gbagbo refused to leave office after losing the election. The Ivory Coast has already issued international arrest warrants [JURIST report] for Gbagbo aides, most notably for Charles Ble Goude, the leader of Gbagbo's youth militia, accusing him of inciting ethnic violence and attacks against UN workers. Other members of Gbagbo's government also had warrants issued including government spokesman Ahoua Don Mello, industry minister Phillipe Attey, and the ambassador to Israel Raymond Koudou Kessie. Twenty-one others already in detention were charged for violence and inciting tribalism and xenophobia. In April, Gbagbo was captured and forced from office [JURIST report] after refusing to leave despite losing last November's election to Ouattara, which resulted in months of fighting between Ouattara's and Gbagbo's forces.

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