Media organisations reported that Cote d'Ivoire's former Minister of the Interior, Emile Bombet, was re-arrested by the military authorities on Tuesday.
However, Issa Sangare, the government's special adviser on the media, told IRIN that Bombet had been detained for questioning "for his own security". Sangare said he was unable to disclose Bombet's whereabouts.
One of the minister's children told AFP that the military went to Bombet's house in a four-wheel drive, "roughed him up" and then took him to the Galieni army camp in Plateau, the business
district of Abidjan.
Bombet had been arrested just after the 24 December military coup in Cote d'Ivoire but was released on 27 January along with other civilians.
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