ICC unveils arrest warrant for I Coast politician
01 October 2013, 15:20
Amsterdam - Judges at the International Criminal Court on
Tuesday unsealed a warrant for the arrest of Charles Ble Goude who is accused
of working with former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to orchestrate a wave
of post-election violence.
He is the third person, after Gbagbo and Gbagbo's wife
Simone, to be indicted by the court for events relating to the post-election
civil war in 2010 and 2011, in which more than 3 000 people died.
Ble Goude, 40, headed the youth wing of Gbagbo's political
movement and is charged with four counts of crimes against humanity, including
murder and rape, committed in Ivory Coast between December 2010 and April 2011.
Gbagbo, who is accused of plunging his country into civil
war rather than relinquishing his grip on power after losing the presidential
election in 2010, has been in the ICC's custody since November 2011 when he was
handed over by his political opponent and successor Alassane Ouattara.
Ouattara has since become less keen on cooperating with the
international court and has delayed handing over Simone Gbagbo, who faces
similar charges. Earlier this month, the Ivorian government said it would try
her in a domestic court, which could pre-empt any trial by the ICC.
The court, which is conducting cases against Kenya's
president and deputy president, is under fire from many African governments,
accused of focusing unduly on crimes committed in that continent.