I Coast: We're open to probing crimes
30 April 2013, 11:24
Abidjan - Ivory Coast's justice minister says the government
is open to investigating top security officials accused by United Nations
experts of raking in millions of dollars through "warlord-style predatory
Gnenema Coulibaly said on Monday that the government would
need to see proof, but that "the government cannot protect someone who
The allegations were published last Thursday in a report by
the UN Group of Experts which named several former commanders of the New Forces
The New Forces helped put President Alassane Ouattara in
office during a five-month power struggle with former President Laurent Gbagbo,
who lost the November 2010 runoff vote but refused to step down.
The report accuses the suspects of extortion and illegal
smuggling of resources including cocoa and timber.