Red Cross Visits Former Ivory Coast President in Detention

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 5:44 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has visited former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo,who has been detained in the west African nation since April.

A Red Cross spokesman said Friday officials from the organization met with Mr. Gbagbo and several others in detention or house arrest to make sure they are being treated humanely after the Ivory Coast's post election crisis.

The visits this week included stops in Bouna, Boundiali, Katiola, Korhogo and Odienne.

The Red Cross says it has visited 500 detainees at 60 different locations across the Ivory Coast since the beginning of the year and will continue to visit them.

Violence erupted in Ivory Coast after Mr. Gbagbo lost November elections to President Alassane Ouattara and refused to give up power. More than 3,000 people were killed in the subsequent power struggle.