Ivory Coast strongman Gbagbo moved to secret location: UN
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 00:36
United Nations: Captured Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo has been moved to a secret location outside of the main city, Abidjan, but will remain under UN guard, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

The United Nations would not say where Gbagbo has been taken nor why.

UN peacekeepers had "helped to move him to another place in Cote d'Ivoire where he is secure," deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq told a press briefing, using Ivory Coast's French name.

Haq said the new place was outside of Abidjan but refused to give any other details on where Gbagbo now is.

The UN mission "is working with the Cote d'Ivoire authorities to ensure that he is safe" and UN forces would remain with Gbagbo "to ensure his safety," Haq added.

Gbagbo surrendered to forces loyal to internationally-recognized president Alassane Ouattara on Monday, ending a five month conflict in which hundreds died after Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to Ouattara in a presidential election.

Gbagbo was at first held at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan which is the headquarters of the Ouattara administration. Ouattara has said his rival will be put on trial.


First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 00:36

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