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Red Cross Visits Former Ivory Coast President in Detention


Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo (L) and his wife Simone sit in a room at Hotel Golf in Abidjan, after they were arrested, April 11, 2011

Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo (L) and his wife Simone sit in a room at Hotel Golf in Abidjan, after they were arrested, April 11, 2011

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 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 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.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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