Fatou Bensouda confesses the plot against Gbagbo and accuses France: “There is nothing serious against Gbagbo. “I am under pressure from France”. “I can not do anything about it “. Revelations from a South African newspaper and journalist Shannon Ebrahim.
The ICC has discredited itself when countries like France, fearing the loss of their grip on the economies of West Africa, handle it.
I recently sat in an open-air cafe in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, sipping South African wine while rehearsing the continent’s problems. My lunch companion is a senior official of MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force in eastern DRC. He has spent most of his career on a peacekeeping mission in Central Africa. After fighting the daily rape of women in Kivu for years and realizing the inability of the UN to put an end to this scourge, my UN colleague has given himself the task of ensuring that the perpetrators of human rights violations on the continent are responsible for their crimes.
But we both knew that in a few days the AU Summit would rally its member states to take concrete steps to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is exactly what happened on January 30 by the voice of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, himself targeted by the ICC, who engaged the battle. Although my colleague from the UN and I deplore the circumvention of justice by the ICC, we remain convinced that this institution has lost its credibility, Africans no longer have faith in its ability to deliver justice impartially .
This is not just about the fact that only Africans are targeted by this institution, but also the fact that the big powers, France in particular, have seriously managed to manipulate the ICC and use it for their own strategic interests. on the continent.
The opening in the Hague of the trial of the former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, last month, after five years of incarceration, exposed this manipulation of the ICC by France. My colleague from the UN and I discussed the whole scheme that France had set up in order to neutralize Gbagbo who came to power by democratic elections in 2000, but who sought to reduce the control of the France on his former colony.
Gbagbo thus became the biggest threat to the domination of France, not only on the Ivory Coast, but on the whole region, given that its fight for the disintegration of the influence of French companies on the economy his country could be a staple in the West African subregion.
France has planned five shots against Gbagbo who have all failed. She finally proceeded by bombing her presidential residence using French special forces who later captured the president, his wife and son to hand them over to “their man,” Alassane Ouattara; supported by rebels who are trained and armed by France. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly pushed for Gbagbo to be transferred to The Hague in 2011.
For five years, ICC prosecutors are investigating the charges against him.
Some of the evidence against him by the prosecution in the preliminary hearings was proved to be out of order. One of the videos shown as evidence of the killings perpetrated by his supporters is actually a filmed scene of a man burned alive in Kenya. My lunch companion informed me that it is no secret that George Soros, a major contributor to the ICC, is a close friend of Ouattara and that France has largely funded the investigations of the ICC against Gbagbo.
A presidential candidate for the Central African Republic, Pascal Bida Koyagbele, told me that he had met with the ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, in October last year, at an awards dinner in the Central African Republic. Netherlands, a ceremony at which Pascal Bida himself received the African Leadership Award.
On this occasion, Mr. Koyagbele asked Fatou Bensouda his opinion on the Gbagbo case. According to Koyagblele always, she gave the following answer:
“Koyagbele claims that Bensouda sought the support of France for his appointment as Chief Prosecutor of the ICC.”
The reason for France’s need to neutralize Gbagbo’s political strength is that he was determined to undo France’s hold on banking, insurance, transport, cocoa trade and politics. of energy in Ivory Coast. During the short time of his regime, he had invited companies from other countries to participate in bidding for government projects.
Gbagbo was overwhelmed by the very high costs of projects executed by French companies. For example, for the construction of a bridge, the French demand 200 billion CFA francs. Gbagbo turned away from the French in favor of the Chinese who asked for only 60 billion CFA francs in 2002.
More importantly, until today, France maintains its colonial pact with its former colonies. Under the terms of this pact, the French Treasury has control over their currency, capital reserves and trade and investment policies. According to the agreement between France and its former colonies on the creation of the CFA Franc, the central banks of its former colonies are obliged to keep 80 percent of their foreign exchange reserves in an operations account held in the French treasury. This made it impossible for these African countries to put in place their own monetary policies.
Gbagbo’s challenge to this slavery situation has in fact been the biggest challenge for French rule in this region since the post-colonial era. His imprisonment in The Hague is therefore a last resort, when all other means to neutralize him have failed.
This is the mission assigned to the ICC in dispensing justice with regard to the Gbagbo case.
Source: Capetimes and The Star