UN to investigate crimes against humanity in Cote d'Ivoire

09:57, May 05, 2011      

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UN investigators are expected to kick off investigations in crimes against humanity in Cote d'Ivoire this week after the post-election violence that ended with the capture of the country's former strongman Laurent Gbagbo.

"Three investigators from the UN Human Rights Commission charged with the responsibility of investigating crimes against humanity will arrive on Wednesday in Abidjan," according to a statement from the Cote d'Ivoire cabinet.

The statement said the investigators would stay in Cote d'Ivoire for three weeks in order to draft a comprehensive report.

The UN investigators follow a UN "technical team" which arrived on April 24.

At least 1,000 people were killed in violence after the Nov. 28 presidential run-off, including 400 civilians slain in the western part of the country.

Since Gbagbo's arrest on April 11 in Abidjan, president-elect Alassane Ouattara has taken over full control of the country.

Ouattara's government has already opened judicial investigations against Gbagbo and members of his regime.

A preliminary report of the investigations against Gbagbo who is under house arrest at Korhogo in the northern part of the country was supposed to be released on Wednesday, but this has been postponed to Friday.

The government has promised that "justice will be done and no crime will go unpunished."

Source: Xinhua
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