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    Ivory Coast's Gbagbo Declares Innocence at Start of ICC Trial

    Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo awaits the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 28, 2016. The International Criminal Court's prosecutor vowed on Wednesday to "leave no stone unturned" in investigating alleged crimes committed by all sides in Ivory Coast's brief 2010 civil war, including by supporters of President Alassane Ouattara.
    Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo awaits the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 28, 2016. The International Criminal Court's prosecutor vowed on Wednesday to "leave no stone unturned" in investigating alleged crimes committed by all sides in Ivory Coast's brief 2010 civil war, including by supporters of President Alassane Ouattara.
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    Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo entered a not guilty plea Thursday in the opening day of his trial at the International Criminal Court.

    Gbagbo, the first former head of state to be tried at The Hague, is facing charges of crimes against humanity, including rape and murder, for his involvement in a protracted post-election battle in 2010 and 2011 that left 3,000 people dead.

    Prosecutors say the 70-year-old Gbagbo and his co-defendant, former youth leader Charles Ble Goude, plotted and launched vicious attacks against supporters of his rival, Alassane Ouattara, after Ouattara was declared the winner of the presidential election runoff.

    The bloody conflict ended in April 2011 after France, Ivory Coast's former colonial ruler, sent in troops to restore order and arrest Gbagbo, who was holed up in the presidential palace during the war.

    Pro-Gbagbo demonstrators

    Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the ICC headquarters before the start of the trial Thursday to show their support for Gbagbo, accusing France of orchestrating his ouster and extradition to The Hague.

    Supporters of Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former Minister Charles Ble Goude rally outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 28, 2016.
    Supporters of Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former Minister Charles Ble Goude rally outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 28, 2016.

    Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser vowed the ICC would not allow the trial to be used as a political tool "in any way whatsoever."

    The ICC also has a warrant for the former president's wife, Simone, on charges of crimes against humanity. She was sentenced last year to a 20-year prison sentence by an Ivorian court.

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    by: Plain Mirror Intl from: Plain Planet - Africa
    January 29, 2016 3:48 AM
    I am very happy the incident of 2010/2011 Ivory Coast election and Laurent Gbagbo auster opened my eyes and the eyes of Africa to what UN really means, the wickedness and bloody politics of France and Nicholas Sarkozy. It is only one who is gullible enough could be deceived in believeing the UN declaration of Alassane Outtara as winner. A declaration that trigered off the conflict.

    It very dis-heartening that Fatou could ignore the facts data of who actually won the disputed election which is the geneses of the whole dispute. Today Outtara an agent of imperialism and machinery of France that ochestrated the rebellion in Ivory coast in order to reverse to the status quo of its strong grip on Ivory coast economy and political system apears a saint where as he assumed direct command of the rebels right from the moment he declared them Force Republican de Cote d'Ivoire and decleared them legitimate forces - an ideology that Nicholas Sarkozy initiated and used in Libya against Ghaddafi. It is evidently clear that the rebels committed the most attrocities with Alassane Outtara as the Commander in Chief. Now where are the rebels in the Hague... ? We understand the Coupe by the UN and France in Cote d'Ivoire. Now, very apalling that ICC has reduced itself to a state where confidence could not be counted of it.

    Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude shouldn't have anything to regret and would never regret! The truth is clear! Alassane Outtara, Soro Giom and France were the hunch actors behind the evil in Cote d'Ivoire. What a wicked world controlled by the WEST!

    by: Anonymous
    January 28, 2016 10:59 AM
    Cannot understand how this man was "spirited" away to the Hague when other Dictators, responsible for genocides, Nigeria included, have escaped Justice and are enjoying a good life? immune from the Hague.

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