The acquittal of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo by the International Criminal Court could lead one to believe that the current head of state is responsible for the atrocities that claimed the lives of more than 3,000 people during the crisis post-election, in 2010-2011.
The court in The Hague pronounced the acquittal of the former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, and of the head of young patriots, Charles Blé Goudé, on Wednesday March 31, 2021, in a decision rendered by the International Criminal Court, confirming its judgment rendered in 2019. “By a majority, the appeals chamber rejects (…) the appeal of the prosecutor and confirms the decision of the trial chamber,” said the final statement.
It has therefore been clearly established that neither the former head of state, Laurent Gbagbo, and even less the head of young patriots, Charles Blé Goudé, are, neither directly nor indirectly, involved in this post-electoral crisis which set Côte d’Ivoire ablaze between 2010 and 2011, resulting in the deaths of more than 3,000 people.
However, the two Ivorian personalities were prosecuted for crimes against humanity and war crimes, within the framework of the violence committed between December 2010 and April 2011. Charges which were consecutive to the announcement of the results of the Presidential election in favor of the current head of state, Alassane Ouattara.
Undoubtedly, there were crimes against humanity and war crimes in Côte d’Ivoire during this period of 2010-2011. If the former head of state, Laurent Gbagbo, and the head of young patriots, Charles Blé Goudé, initially indexed, are not the culprits, who is then responsible for these killings? However, we know that at the time, two officials were chasing power: Laurent Gbagbo who wanted to keep his presidential chair, and Alassane Ouattara, who wanted to gain power.
At the cost of the blood of several thousand Ivorians? Nothing is less sure. Today that Laurent Gbagbo is acquitted, ten years after being accused, all eyes are necessarily on the current Ivorian head of state, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, who could therefore be the main responsible for these massacres of 2010-2011. He who broke the grim record of head of state who lost two prime ministers in the space of eight months.
To read : ICC: Gbagbo and Blé Goudé acquitted, Bensouda dismissed
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