Ivory Coast Gbagbo must be treated with respect: UK

LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Minister William Hague on Monday said Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo should be treated with respect and should be tried in an orderly manner.

Gbagbo was arrested earlier on Monday after French armored vehicles closed in on the compound where he has been holed up in a bunker, following weeks of violence triggered by a disputed election.

“Mr Gbagbo has acted against any democratic principles in the way he has behaved in recent months and of course there have been many many breaches of any rule of law as well.

“At the same time we would say that he must be treated with respect and any judicial process that follows should be a fair and properly organized judicial process,” Hague told a news conference in London.

(Writing by Mohammed Abbas: Editing by Keith Weir)

Ivory Coast Gbagbo must be treated with respect: UK