I.Coast charged two more Laurent Gbagbo loyalists

Prosecutors in Ivory Coast said Friday they had charged two more loyalists of ousted president Laurent Gbagbo with corruption and undermining state authority.

Some 22 members of the former regime have now been charged since Gbagbo was seized by fighters loyal to his rival following a five-month post-election stalemate that the United Nations says left some 3,000 people dead.

Habiba Coulibaly, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, said the two individuals, who she did not name, were charged and detained for diverting public funds and crimes against state security.

They are being held at La Pergola hotel in Abidjan, Coulibaly said.

Gbagbo remains under house arrest in the north of the country along with his wife and 13 other close associates.

His political rival, President Alassane Ouattara, pledged to investigate all crimes committed during the country’s post-election crisis, regardless of the political loyalties of the perpetrators.

But rights groups have since accused Ouattara of pursuing selective justice by aggressively probing crimes committed by his adversaries, while ignoring the shady conduct of his loyalists.

The UN Human Rights Council said last month that investigators it sent to the country believe war crimes may have been committed by both sides.

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