Supporters of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo claim to have collected 26 million signatures on a petition calling for his release from the International Criminal Court.
The petition launched by the Ivorian writer Bernard Dadié is supported by former Togolese Prime Minister Joseph Kokou Kofigoh and activists of the Ivorian Popular Front, Mr. Gbagbo’s party.
The signatories of the petition call for the release of Laurent Gbagbo believing that it will make it possible to reconcile the Ivorians.
Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé are accused of committing war crimes during the 2010-2011 post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire. They deny the facts of which they are accused.
According to them, half of the signatures come from abroad.
1.8 million people have signed from England, 1.1 million from the United States and 4.2 million across Africa.
Among the signatories, the initiators of the petition claim that former South African President Thabo Mbéki, former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings and Cameroonian opposition leader John Fru N’dhi have all signed.
In August, the Social Democratic Front (SDF), the main opposition Cameroonian party and a member of the Socialist International as the Ivorian Popular Front of Laurent Gbagbo, launched a petition for the liberation of the ” Former President of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Laurent Gbagbo is “accused of committing war crimes during the post-election violence of 2010-2011 in Côte d’Ivoire”.