Former leader and his wife charged with economic crimes, including theft, embezzlement of public funds and pillage
Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and his wife, Simone, have been formally charged with "economic crimes", the first legal proceedings against the couple since they were ousted from power and put under house arrest in April.
Legal experts in the west African state say they expect further charges related to alleged "blood crimes" and possible human rights abuses against the couple.
As President Alassane Ouattara's government closes the net around former regime members suspected of using violence to hold on to power and looting the public treasury, there is growing criticism of the new administration, which has been accused of carrying out extrajudicial executions and arrests.[view whole blog post ]