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Cote d' Ivoire Gov't seeks extradition of alleged mercenaries

By Fallah Matthews
President  de Cote d'ivoire, Alassane Ouattara
President de Cote d'ivoire, Alassane Ouattara

(lbsonline/Liberia)-Government lawyers prosecuting eight alleged Ivoirians mercenaries say the Ivoirian Government is seeking the extradition of its citizens for prosecution on murder charges.

The lawyers said: “The Ivoirian Government’s request is based on their alleged role in the 8th June, 2012 gruesome murder of seven United Nations Peacekeepers in Cote D’Ivoire.”

According to lbsonline judicial reporter, the government lawyers requested the Monrovia City Court during final legal arguments in the extradition case.

Final legal arguments took place Friday, 22nd February, 2013 at the court to deny defense lawyers’ request to extradite the eight alleged fugitives to Cote D’Ivoire.

Lawyers representing the eight alleged Ivoirian mercenaries, however, maintained that any attempt to extradite the eight men to Cote D’Ivoire will be a violation of their rights under national and international laws.

The Liberian Government has already started trying the alleged Ivoirian fugitives.

Final judgment into the extradition case has been scheduled by the Monrovia City Court Magistrate, Nelson Chineh, for Monday, 25th February, 2013.


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