Monday, 5 December 2011

Gbagbo-ivory coast's former president appears bold and confident has he answers charges at the international criminal court in Hague

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The fourth president of ivory coast-Laurent Gbagbo who was disgraced out of office in April 2011 after a brutal uprising appeared in front of the International criminal court on monday to answer charges in relation to extra judicial killing-ICC. 

He has been known as an activist and brutal dictator for several years. An uprising against him by dreaded  Nouvelles forces-a rebel group failed in 2002 after facing fierce resistant from the Government troops. Since 2002, there has been claims that forces loyal to the dictator has been involved in extra judicial killing in around the suburb of Abidjan.
The dictator who has past history of prison sentences in the early 70's and 90's looked so confident as he appears in front of the ICC to answer various charges. The charges are in relation to the brutal killing, rape and maiming of thousands of people during the uprising against the government. Reports indicated that over 3000 people were killed and several wounded during the uprising. Images and videos were displayed over the internet with thousands of people making comments on different social networking sites such as facebook, twitter etc..Despite all the media reports of the killings and statistics over the internet, the unrepentant dictator insists that he his innocent and no charge can be held against him. He stated further that his transfer to Hague was a political set up and without his consent. Additionally, he also promised to challenge all the evidences gathered against him at the court and ICC would not be left with any option than to set him free. However Gbagbo is the formal head of state to be tried by the international criminal court-ICC. Though other cases are been investigated such as Sudan president-Ormar ar-Bashir, Gaddafi's son-Saif al-Islam and vice president of DR Congo-Jean-Pierre Bemba.

Gbagbo's picture during arrest in April 2011

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