It’s official. The ICC judges have just ruled in favor of the release of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé.
Gathered in court that day, the judges of the Chamber 1 of the International Criminal Court acquitted for the former Ivorian president and Charles Ble Goude, his former youth minister, Charles Ble Goude.Publicity
“The Chamber grants the acquittals presented by Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goudé [former head of the Young Patriots movement, loyal to Mr. Gbagbo] on all the charges” against them and “orders the the immediate freedom of the two accused, “ said Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser.
“For us at PDCI, this is good news. We wanted it, “reacted Jean-Louis Billon, executive secretary in charge of communication in the party of Henri Konan Bedie, interviewed by Jeune Afrique .
However, a new hearing will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16, at the request of the prosecutor, pending a new appeal.
The Office of the Prosecutor may then issue its observations after this historic verdict and in particular announce its decision to appeal, in which case the appeal may or may not be suspensive. At this point, it is difficult to know when Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé could be released.
” It is an immense joy that invades me, invading my heart and my mind. We have been running for eight years after the truth. And as President Sekou Toure said so well at the time: lies lie faster and sooner. But the truth goes slowly and eventually catch up. This is what is happening today“told Jeune Afrique Assoa Adou, Secretary General of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI Laurent Gbagbo) at home which many pro-Gbagbo militants were gathered.
” Today, joy is back, because we have taken a big step towards national reconciliation,” he said. “We believe that the missing link of reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire will come soon, and Côte d’Ivoire will be at peace, ” he also said.
The two men were tried since 2016 in The Hague for crimes against humanity and war crimes, including killings, rape and persecution, during the post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire between December 2010 and April 2011, when Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat against his rival Alassane Ouattara. The violence had killed more than 3,000 people in five months.
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