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Gbagbo’s key ally arrested in Ghana

By Lawrence Quartey
Posted on Monday, 27 August 2012 09:58

Ghana officials announced the arrest on Sunday following the issuance of the warrant on 16 August on Katinan, the former Minister in charge of Budget and Spokesman for former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo.

The Ghanaian statement issued by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Deputy Minister of Information, said Katinan, who was awarded refugee status in Ghana, was arrested on Friday 24 August after he returned to the West African nation from South Africa.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama has asked the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to study the extradition instruments and advice accordingly.

Katinan is the second key ally in Gbagbo’s government to be arrested while living in exile following the extradition of Moise Lida Kouassi, a former Defence Minister, from Togo in June this year.

The arrest follows yesterday’s arrest of another key Gbagbo ally in the Ivory Coast. Laurent Akoun, Secretary General of the former president’s Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI) was reportedly implicated in violent attacks against the country’s army.

But members of the now opposition FPI have accused the government of a orchestrating a witch hunt.

Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the International criminal Court in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity stemming from violence after he lost the 2010 presidential election to Alassane Ouattara.

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