Togo forces arrest ex-Ivorian defense minister
LOME, Togo – Authorities say they've arrested Ivory Coast's former defense minister who had been living in exile in Togo.
Col. Mompion Mateindou confirmed late Wednesday that security forces in the nation of Togo have detained Moise Lida Kouassi, who fled to Togo in April 2011 amid Ivory Coast's political crisis.
An international warrant for Kouassi's arrest was issued several months later though the exact charges against him were not immediately clear.
Kouassi served under the regime of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, who clung to power after losing the November 2010 president election in a move that sparked months of deadly violence.
His arrest came just as six heads of state from the region, including Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, were wrapping up a summit of the Francophone West African Economic and Monetary Union in the Togolese capital.