Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


I Coast youth leader asks govt to reject ICC warrant

25 October 2013, 00:08

Abidjan - Charles Ble Goude, wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and an ally of Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, should be tried by an Ivorian court and not sent to The Hague, the ex-youth leader's lawyers said.

Gbagbo, who refused to give up power after losing a runoff election in 2010, has been in the ICC's custody since November 2011, accused of responsibility for rapes, murders, persecution and inhuman acts committed during the post-election fighting that killed around 3 000 people.

The ICC earlier this month made public a warrant for Ble Goude, who headed the notorious Young Patriots street militia and served as youth minister in Gbagbo's last cabinet, for his alleged role in the violence.

"We ask that the Ivorian government does not agree to transfer him to the ICC, because we think the Ivorian justice system is capable ... of doing it here," Claver N'Dri, one of his lawyers, told a press conference in Abidjan on Wednesday.

Though the government of President Alassane Ouattara agreed to hand over Gbagbo, it has become less keen on cooperating with the international court as it comes under fire from African governments who say it unfairly targets the continent.

The African Union and Kenya asked the UN Security Council this week to defer ICC trials of Kenya's leaders for a year so they can deal with the aftermath of the Nairobi mall attack.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto face charges of crimes against humanity related to violence that followed Kenya's 2007 elections, in which 1 200 people died.

Both deny the charges and have tried to have the prosecutions adjourned or halted.

Incitement of hatred

Last month Ivory Coast said it would try former first lady Simone Gbagbo, who is also being sought by the ICC, in a domestic court.

"We say that what is valid for Simone Gbagbo is also valid for Charles Ble Goude. The Ivorian justice system is already pursuing him and he is in detention here. So he must be judged in Ivory Coast," N'Dri said.

Ouattara's government has so far declined to say whether it would deliver Ble Goude to The Hague-based court.

Ble Goude's lawyers also requested the government release him pending his trial, claiming that doing so would help Ivory Coast's efforts to foster reconciliation.

The ICC is seeking to charge Ble Goude, who was arrested in Ghana and extradited to Ivory Coast in January, with four counts of crimes against humanity, including murder and rape, committed between December 2010 and April 2011.

Ble Goude denies the accusations, his lawyers said.

Ivorian authorities accuse him of kidnappings, illegal detentions, torture, incitement of hatred and economic crimes while a member of Gbagbo's inner circle.

He is also the target of United Nations-imposed sanctions including a travel ban and asset freeze.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Natural aphrodisiacs to boost lib...

It is advisable to take them before sex in order to achieve maximum benefit. Read more...

Submitted by
Jayne Zack
Raila has lost his remaining bull...

He added that Jubilee and Cord are like day and night. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
Mudavadi of no value to CORD, say...

Leader of Majority in National Assembly, Adan Duale has said that ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi is of no value to CORD. Read more...

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Peter Kenneth will not run for Pr...

He clarified that he will not run for Presidency in 2017 as he supports Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
Exams should not have political g...

He also said that school properties must not ‘carry any political portraits’. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Matatu crew drugs female passenge...

Hours after the story was circulated on social media Sunday, the crew was traced at Dagoretti and arrested. Read more...