Cote d'Ivoire probes crimes in post-election violence   2012-01-18 16:09:28            

ABIDJAN, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Cote d'Ivoire National Commission of Inquiry (CNE) on Wednesday opens sessions in the economic capital Abidjan to hear about the crimes committed in the West African country's post-election violence.

According to President Mato Loma Cisse of the commission, the hearing is set to begin at Treichville in southern Abidjan and end on Jan. 28 in the city's northern district of Abobo.

"We shall also go into the interior of the country on Feb. 1-18 to investigate such cases," Cisse said.

She pledged that the government is determined to shed more light on what exactly happened in the post-election violence, asking for a massively turnout of witnesses to give evidence.

Cote d'Ivoire went through a painful post-election crisis for five months, during which 3,000 people were killed and 1 million residents were displaced.

Cisse was appointed to head the CNE after the crisis came to an end in April. She vows to accomplish the task impartially.

The CNE president said the commission's inquiry is non-judicial and that after accomplishing their work, they will prepare a report to hand over to President Alassane Ouattara, who will then decide on the next action.

Editor: Xiong Tong
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