Paolina Massidda hosted a conference last Wednesday at the Press House. The legal representative of the victims commented on recent news in The Hague, including the acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and Blé Goudé, and their continued detention despite the judges’ decision.
Paolina Massidda says she came to Abidjan to reassure her clients. In a press conference she hosted on Wednesday, the legal representative for victims at the ICC made some important clarifications. She explained among other things that Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé can remain in prison despite the decision of acquittal pronounced by the judges. This possibility, she says, is provided for by the Rome Statute which founds the ICC.
Ms. Massidda added that her clients are not in favor of acquitting the two accused, stating that “The Trial Chamber did not provide written reasons for its decision so we do not know what motivated the acquittal decision. . I went to the country to reassure the victims. Our customers for the moment are not favorable to the acquittal of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé “.Publicity
If Gbagbo and Blé Goudé should be released, which she does not want, Paolina Massidda would like them to be conditional and they “can not leave Europe, they can stay in a country of Europe close to the Cpi “.
This position is disputed by a cojep executive, Blé Goudé’s party. Confiding in Afrikmag, the latter explained “that it will not be so. The judges have not made their decision because of the beautiful eyes of President Laurent Gbagbo and Minister Chales Blé Goudé, “ he said. “We have faith that the law will be said, and the right is the unconditional liberation of our compatriots”