French ministers 'obstructed' Ivory Coast bombing probe

By Antton Rouget

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More than eleven years after nine French soldiers and an American humanitarian worker were killed in a bombing raid at Bouaké in the Ivory Coast, the judicial investigation is finally coming to a climax. After a decade of probes, the involvement of four examining magistrates, and the declassification of a whole raft of secret defence documents, a French judge wants three senior ministers who served under President Jacques Chirac to stand trial for their alleged role in hampering the initial investigation.