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Son of ICoast ex-president appears in court

Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo (L), sits on a bed beside his wife Simone and son Michel (R) in 2011 (© 2009 AFP)

The son of Ivory Coast’s ex-president Laurent Gbagbo appeared in court Friday as part of initial hearings for jailed members of the country’s former ruling party, a lawyer said.

A judge heard Michel Gbagbo, 42, at a tribunal in the capital Abidjan, his lawyer Toussaint Zahui Dako said, adding his client was in good spirits.

The French-Ivorian dual national was arrested last year along with other supporters of his father.

The hearings mark the first court appearances for about 20 Laurent Gbagbo allies arrested after he refused to concede defeat following a November 2010 election.

Subsequent violence left some 3,000 dead.

The former leader of Gbagbo’s political party, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, has also appeared in court.

He was already being investigated for economic crimes and “violation of state security” and has now been charged with “blood crimes”, genocide and other offences.

Laurent Gbagbo is now jailed at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he faces four counts of crimes against humanity.

Signature : ABIDJAN (AFP)

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