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ICC / Laurent Gbagbo Trial: “We Have Enough Elements to Make a Decision”

It is Thursday, November 22, 2018, that this trial for acquittal ended with the pleading of the lawyers of Charles Blé Goudé. For more than two weeks, the defense of the two defendants tried to deconstruct the arguments of the prosecution.

President-Judge Cuno Tarfusser announced at the end of the pleading of the lawyers of Minister Charles Blé Goudé the end of the trial.

Long awaited verdict

He also announced that the verdict will be revealed as soon as possible. “We have enough elements to make a decision. And it will be done as soon as possible.


8 years that this trial lasts. Indeed, since the beginning of the post-election crisis, Gbagbo Laurent, former President of Côte d’Ivoire and Charles Blé Goudé, his youth minister have been tried for incitement to violence and crimes against humanity. Gbagbo was arrested on April 11, 2010 at his home.

Since their arrests until today, several voices argue that it is a masquerade orchestrated for the non-liberation of individuals.

A trial that should never have opened because before the confirmation of the charges, in 2013, the ICC judges found that the prosecutor had not provided sufficient evidence to confirm the charges of crimes against him. humanity brought against President Laurent Gbagbo.

Fatou Bensouda had been in Côte d’Ivoire for three days in July 2013 in order to find additional evidence in this case.

A ballet of 82 witnesses at the bar but still no tangible evidence against the defendants. Côte d’Ivoire is miming a peace and only the verdict of the ICC judges can bring him complete healing.


Written by How Africa

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