News / Africa

Ivory Coast Transfers Gbabgo Ally to ICC

FILE - Charles Ble Goude during a meeting in Abidjan, Jan. 12, 2010.
FILE - Charles Ble Goude during a meeting in Abidjan, Jan. 12, 2010.
VOA News
Ivory Coast is transferring the head of a former youth group linked to deadly violence following the 2010 election to the International Criminal Court, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity.

The ICC said Saturday that Ivorian authorities had surrendered Charles Ble Goude to the court in The Hague. He was arrested in Ghana and extradited to the Ivory Coast.

Ble Goude was the leader of the Young Patriots, a group that backed former President Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo refused to cede office after he lost the 2010 presidential runoff to President Alassane Ouattara.

More than 3,000 people were killed in post-election violence. During the unrest, the Young Patriots were notorious for targeting Ouattara supporters at roadblocks set up in the commercial capital, Abidjan.

Gbagbo is already in detention at The Hague, where he is awaiting trial.

In announcing Saturday's transfer of Ble Goude, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said authorities were a step closer in helping to unveil the "full truth" of one of the Ivory Coast's "worst episodes of mass violence in recent history."

Ble Goude also faces charges related to violent crimes and economic crimes in the Ivory Coast.

You May Like

Photogallery South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-stricken Countries

South Africans returning from affected West African countries will be thoroughly screened, required to fill out medical questionnaire, health minister says More

Multimedia UN Launches ‘Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years’ in Iraq

Move aims to help thousands of Iraqi religious minorities who fled their homes as Kurdish, Iraqi government forces battle Sunni insurgents More

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

IT specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about disease More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
March 23, 2014 5:25 AM
I strongly believe that any criminals should be brought to justice and punished for their evil doings. But ICC is not the right place to conduct criminal proceeding against African leaders.
ICC failed miserably to have credibility in Africa. President Laurent Gbabgo spent almost four years in detention at Hague. No charges so far and no date for trials, they treated him like terrorists at GITMO.


by: Nicholas Akuamoah-Boateng from: Kumasi-Ghana
March 22, 2014 5:15 PM
It serves him right. I am a Ghanaian, why should you escape to Ghana? After destroying your country, you are seeking for shelter.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebolai
X
George Putic
August 20, 2014 8:57 PM
While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ferguson Calls for Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
Video

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
Video

Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.

AppleAndroid