Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cote d’Ivoire Western-backed Neo-Colonial President Says Someone Responsible for Election Deaths
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was ousted by
French imperialism and recently acquitted by the
dreaded ICC in the Netherlands.
2019/2/11 20:03:40

Cote d'Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara has refused to comment on the acquittal on crimes against humanity of his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court (ICC) while insisting investigations would continue.

"No reaction from me, it's an ongoing trial," Ouattara said in an interview with Radio France International in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where he was attending an ­African Union summit.

But he added, "Someone must be responsible for the 3,000 deaths. I hope that justice will shine a light on that. It is what the victims are asking for."

ICC judges acquitted Gbagbo and his aide Charles Ble Goude on charges stemming from a wave of violence after disputed elections in the west African nation in 2010.

More than 3,000 people died on both sides of the Cote d'Ivoire conflict after Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to Ouattara, his internationally backed rival.

Gbagbo, the first former head of state to stand trial at the ICC, is currently living in Belgium under conditions pending a possible prosecution appeal following the acquittal on January 15.

He had been held in the Netherlands since 2011.

The ICC's unwillingness to let Gbagbo return to Cote d'Ivoire is thought to have been linked to the country's refusal to surrender Gbagbo's first wife, Simone, despite an outstanding ICC warrant for her arrest for her role in the post-election violence.

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