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Lawyer: Authorities in Ghana arrest Charles Ble Goude, accused of grave crimes in Ivory Coast

A lawyer says authorities in Ghana have arrested Charles Ble Goude, the former head of a youth movement in Ivory Coast wanted in connection with violence linked to its disputed presidential election two years ago.

Netherlands-based attorney Nick Kaufman says he has been in contact with Ghanaian officials seeking the legal grounds for the arrest early Thursday of Ble Goude, who had been in hiding.

Ble Goude is former leader of a youth organization linked to former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo. Ble Goude has been implicated by Human Rights Watch in grave crimes committed during violence linked to an electoral dispute in late 2010 and early 2011 between Gbagbo and the current Ivory Coast president, Alassane Ouattara.

Ivory Coast officials have sought the arrest of Ble Goude.