13 July 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: ICC Spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah Says Only Former President Laurent Gbagbo Is of Interest to the Court So Far

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Laurent Gbagbo at the ICC.

In reaction to information suggesting that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants against some Ivorian political actors, including fugitive pro-Gbagbo youth leader Charles Ble Goude, ICC spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah said only former president Laurent Gbagbo is so far of interest to The Hague-based court.

The information was reported by Soir Info (p. 3). The paper noted that according to insiders, investigations into the violence that followed the 2010 presidential elections and of individuals involved in the deadly crisis are ongoing. "The judges have issued an arrest warrant against Mr. Laurent Gbagbo and, to my knowledge, no other warrants have been issued," Mr. Fadi reportedly said. "The ICC procedure in this case is transparent," he further said, adding that, if need be, additional warrants could be issued after Gbagbo's August 13 hearing.

Still on the issue, Notre Voie (p. 2) noted that similar information was given by Mr. Pascal Turlin, an official from the court, in the course of an interview yesterday with the French wire service RFI. According to the daily, the court is adamant that, "no other warrants, except the one targeting former president Laurent Gbagbo have been released so far." This development, the paper said, is a setback for Ivorian leader Alassane Ouattara and former prime minster Guillaume Soro who have recently alleged that other partisans of the ex-leader were on the brink of being brought to the international court.

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