Pro-Ouattara forces killed 700 during Ivorian crisis: ReportBy AFP | Thursday, August 9 2012 at 08:09
A probe ordered by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on the 2010-2011 post-election crisis found that his forces killed over 700 people and those of ex-leader Laurent Gbagbo about twice as many.
"The crisis gave rise to massive violations of human rights and international humanitarian law," said the president of the National Commission of Inquiry, Ms Paulette Badjo.
The commission reported that overall 3,248 people were killed during the crisis, without identifying how many were combatants and civilians. But Badjo said the real figure was probably much higher.
It held pro-Gbagbo forces responsible for 1,452 deaths, including 1,009 summary executions, and said the forces loyal to President Ouattara had killed 727, including 545 summary executions.
The committee also questioned the unconventional forces who fought as pro-Gbagbo militia or traditional hunters which according to many accounts fought on the other side and killed 200 people according to the commission.
President Ouattara presented the report to Prime Minister Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou, vowing that all people guilty of "reprehensible acts during the post-election crisis will answer for their actions before justice".
Mr Gbagbo refused to concede defeat following 2010 presidential polls pitting him against arch foe Ouattara but was eventually captured by forces loyal to the opposition candidate backed by foreign troops.
The five-month conflict left at least 3,000 people dead, according to the UN, and re-opened old wounds in a country that had already been deeply divided by years of civil conflict under Mr Gbagbo's decade-long tenure.
Mr Gbagbo was last year bundled off to The Hague, where he faces trial at the International Criminal Court on four counts of crimes against humanity over the post-election violence.
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