Sep 20, 2021

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Ivory Coast’s Ble Goude demands compensation from ICC

Charles Ble Goude, a former right-hand man of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, is demanding compensation from the International Criminal Court (ICC) after he was charged and acquitted of crimes against humanity, his lawyers said on Friday / p>

Ble Goude and Gbagbo were acquitted by the court in March on charges of violence following the elections in Ivory Coast in 2011.

“The court finds that a serious and apparent miscarriage justice has taken place, the judges can award compensation to an acquitted person after their imprisonment at their own discretion, “said attorneys Geert-Jan Alexander Knoops and Claver Nery Kouadiom in a statement.

Goude’s legal team also spoke of “Numerous failures by the prosecutor who (Ble Goudes) violated fundamental rights.”

Ble Goude, a former youth militia leader, “hopes that his case can serve as an example to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court “is supposed to be” preconstructed cases that are unconvincing and not based on evidence, “the lawyers’ statement continued.

Part of the Compensation from the court in The Hague will benefit “the victims of the post-election crisis in his country”. They added.

The West African nation was plunged into deadly violence after Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in the 2010 presidential election.

The ensuing conflict claimed more than 3,000 lives and more than 200,000 people fled the country.

After his displacement, Gbagbo was flown to The Hague, where he was charged with crimes against humanity and eventually acquitted.

Ble Goude, now 49, was also prosecuted and acquitted.

No passport

Gbagbo has since returned home from Europe and has met with his former rival, President Alassane Ouattara.

But Ble Goude does not currently have a passport.

In July he was invited to the Ivorian embassy in The Hague to initiate the passport application process.

“Until today, he continues to suffer the consequences of violating his human rights, because Charles Ble Goude is forced to live outside his country as a stateless person despite his acquittal, “argued his lawyers.

Ble Goude was one of the most controversial members of Gbagbo’s circle, who, because of his ability to provide support for the ex -Winning President, was nicknamed the “General of the Streets”.

Critics and international aid agencies had seen him as one of the people who contributed most to the post-election bloodshed.

He was arrested in Ghana in 2013 and transferred to The Hague the following year, where he was to be tried with Gbagbo.

Despite the ICC acquittals, both men were found guilty in absentia in Ivory Coast and sentenced to 20 years in prison for “looting” the local branch of the Central Bank of West African States at the time of the unrest.

While the government has now made it clear that the Urtei l is dropped against Mr Gbagbo, it said nothing about the judgment r Ble Goude.