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Defiant Ivorian ex-youth firebrand Ble Goude before ICC

Ivorian ex-president Laurent Gbagbo's right-hand man Charles Ble Goude faced International Criminal Court judges for the first time on Thursday, proclaiming his innocence over deadly post-election violence three years ago. The leader of the so-called "Young Patriots", a fanatical group of Gbagbo supporters, is facing four counts of crimes against humanity for his role in the 2010-11 unrest which the UN said left 3,000 people dead.

Ivory Coast transfers Gbagbo right-hand man to ICC

Charles Ble Goude, the former right-hand man of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, has been transferred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity, the Ivorian government said Saturday. The 42-year-old former youth leader faces four counts of crimes against humanity at the court based in The Hague over post-electoral violence in 2010-11.

Ivory Coast to send ex-youth leader Ble Goude to ICC

Ivory Coast announced Thursday it will transfer Charles Ble Goude, the jailed right-hand man of former president Laurent Gbagbo, to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. In September last year, The Hague-based ICC unsealed a warrant for 42-year-old Ble Goude, who faces four counts of crimes against humanity over 2010-2011 post-election unrest. Gbagbo's former youth leader was arrested in Ghana more than a year ago and extradited to Ivory Coast but the authorities were hesitant to send him to the war crimes court.

I.Coast ex-president Gbagbo to remain behind bars

Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo must remain behind bars in The Hague pending his possible trial for crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court ruled on Monday. "Despite the improved security situation in the Ivory Coast, detention is still necessary to ensure Mr Gbagbo's appearance before the court," the ICC said in a statement. Detention is also necessary "to ensure that he does not obstruct or endanger the investigation or the court proceedings", it added.

Gbagbo ally says I.Coast leader insincere on reconciliation

A top ally of ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Monday accused the country's new leader of being dishonest in his efforts to heal divides two years after a brutal civil conflict. Gbagbo loyalist Damana Adia Pickass captured global media attention when he seized the piece of paper with results from Ivory Coast's fiercely disputed 2010 presidential election and tore it up in front of journalists as the tally was being read out for the first time.

Gbagbo ally says he fears torture if returned to Ivory Coast

A former Ivory Coast minister and key ally of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo said on Wednesday that he fears torture if he is extradited back to Ivory Coast from Ghana. Justin Kone Katinan, Gbagbo's spokesman and an ex-budget minister, has been fighting extradition since authorities in neighbouring Ghana arrested him last August. Ivorian authorities have accused him of 20 counts of robbery and conspiracy to rob, and Katinan was in the witness box for the second day to defend against those charges.

I.Coast charges Gbagbo ally with 'plotting' against state

An Abidjan court has charged the youth leader of former president Laurent Gbagbo's party with plotting to destabilise the state, his lawyer said Tuesday. Justin Koua was arrested on June 7 and charged on Monday with "insulting the head of state, undermining national security... plotting against authority, heading and belonging to an armed gang." His lawyer Rodrigue Dadje told AFP that Koua, the youth leader of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), was questioned by intelligence officers and locked up in Abidjan's central prison.

I.Coast charges Gbagbo ally with 'plotting' against state

An Abidjan court has charged the youth leader of former president Laurent Gbagbo's party with plotting to destabilise the state, his lawyer said Tuesday. Justin Koua was arrested on June 7 and charged on Monday with "insulting the head of state, undermining national security... plotting against authority, heading and belonging to an armed gang." His lawyer Rodrigue Dadje told AFP that Koua, the youth leader of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), was questioned by intelligence officers and locked up in Abidjan's central prison.

Ivory Coast ex-President Gbagbo's party to boycott elections

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The party of Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo will boycott elections in April after accusing the government of fixing the date for the polls without proper consultation, party officials said. Gbagbo is awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) accused of crimes against humanity committed during a 2011 civil war sparked by his refusal to accept the presidential election victory of rival Alassane Ouattara.

Ex-president Gbagbo's party to boycott I.Coast local poll

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo's party announced Thursday it would boycott the regional and local elections scheduled for April 21, saying the vote would not be fair. "No member of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) should take part in any way in these elections," said the chief opposition party's spokesman and interim secretary general, Richard Kodjo. The boycott comes amid lingering tensions from a post-election standoff between Gbagbo and current President Alassane Ouattara in 2010-2011 that killed some 3,000 people.
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