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30.08.2013 Ivory Coast

Ghana won't extradite top Gbagbo ally to I. Coast

By AFP
Former Ivory Coast budget minister Justin Kone Katinan, leaves court on June 11, 2013 in Accra.  By Chris Stein (AFP/File)
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Former Ivory Coast budget minister Justin Kone Katinan, leaves court on June 11, 2013 in Accra. By Chris Stein (AFP/File)

ACCRA (AFP) - A court in Ghana on Friday rejected a request from Ivory Coast to extradite a top ally of former president Laurent Gbagbo, saying the charges against Justin Kone Katinan had "political motivation."

"I will proceed to dismiss the application for the extradition," said magistrates court Judge Aboagye Tanor, ending a year-long legal battle. Katinan is wanted in his home country for economic crimes allegedly committed during Ivory Coast's 2011 post-election crisis.

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