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8 Officers Go on Trial for 57 Election Deaths

July 25, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Eight paramilitary police officers accused of murdering 57 young men during election violence in October appeared before a military tribunal on the edge of Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan.

The officers played a vital role in backing President Laurent Gbagbo and suppressing riots after his victory, as supporters of excluded former Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara demanded a fresh election to allow him to take part. Most of the 57 killed are thought to be from Ouattara's Muslim north.

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