Ivory Coast and the ICC: Will justice ever be even-handed?Posted: March 26, 2014 Filed under: Ivory Coast | Tags: Abidjan, ADO, Alassane Ouattara, Charles Blé Goudé, crimes against humanity, FESCI, FPI, ICC, International Criminal Court, Ivory Coast, Jeunes Patriotes, Laurent Gbagbo, RDR, reconciliation, The Hague, Young Patriots Leave a comment
The extradition of one of the president’s foes poses awkward questions for him
ON MARCH 22nd Charles Blé Goudé (pictured), an Ivorian widely known as the “street general”, was flown from the Ivory Coast to The Hague, to be charged at the International Criminal Court (ICC), alongside his patron, Laurent Gbagbo, the previous Ivorian president, with four counts of crimes against humanity. Mr Blé Goudé is alleged to have masterminded an ethnic pogrom after Mr Gbagbo’s defeat at the polls in 2010. Mr Blé Goudé had been in prison in the Ivory Coast for 14 months at the behest of its current president, Alassane Ouattara, following a year-and-a-half on the run.