International Justice Monitor

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Proceedings Suspended Until 2018

The hearings in the trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé have been suspended until next January. The proceedings that took place on Thursday, December 7, in The Hague were the last ones for the year 2017.

Charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC), Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé will no longer attend the hearing rooms of the international judicial body in 2017.

In fact, the hearing held on Thursday, December 7, was the last of the year 2017. At the end of discussions with Professor Frédéric Blonbled, an expert in forensic science, Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser announced the suspension of the trial.

“So what do I have to do now? Well, adjourn. We shall resume on … Continue Reading

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A Forensic Expert Before ICC Judges

A forensic expert of Belgian origin, Professor Blombé Frédéric testified on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 before the judges in the Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Forensic medical professor, Blombé Frédéric, a national of Belgium, was called to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday, December 6, in the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé trial.

To the various parties, Professsor Blombé gave details of his action in Côte d’Ivoire where he was sent in September 2013 at the request of the Office of the Prosecutor. At the time, the expert’s task was to examine certain people presented as victims of post-election violence. This was an integral part of the investigations conducted by Fatou Bensouda’s teams.

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Blé Goudé Breaks Down and Bursts into a Flood of Tears in Court

The joint trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé continued on Tuesday, December 5, in The Hague. The audience of the day was marked by a moment of emotion featuring the boss of the former Patriotic Galaxy.

On the second day of testimony by Sira Dramé, a Rassemblement des Républicains (RDR) activist and Abobo City Councilor, was marked by a moving scene.

In fact, this Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the prosecution witness was questioned by Charles Blé Goudé’s lawyers on the massacre that occurred during the post-electoral crisis in the village of Anonkoua-Kouté in Abobo Municipality.

Shortly after the Ivorian Television report was broadcast at the request of Séri Zokou, Charles Blé Goudé’s lawyer, Laurent Gbagbo’s last Minister for Youth and co-accused … Continue Reading

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An Abobo Resident in Court: “We Were Bombed Every Day”

The hearing of  December 4 in the trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé before the International Criminal Court (ICC) was marked by the testimony of Sira Dramé, an Abobo City Councilor during the post-election crisis.

City council member and Political Commissioner of the Rally of Republicans (RDR) in Abobo, Sira Dramé faced the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Monday, December 4, 2017 to testify in the joint trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé.

Born in 1970 in Adjamé and a dyer by profession, Alassane Ouattara’s party activist described in her testimony the atmosphere in Côte d’Ivoire’s most populated commune at the time of the crisis.

According to her, Abobo was a difficult area for RDR supporters. “During … Continue Reading

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A Victim of the Siaka Koné Market Bombing in Front of the Judges

After several closed sessions, the trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé was held this Wednesday, November 29, in open court. The court, presided over by Judge Cuno Tarfusser, heard the testimony of Ouattara Fanta about the events in Abobo.

Born in 1973 in Abobo, Ouattara Fanta, witness number 105 was this Wednesday, November 29, before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Faced with the court presided over by the Italian judge Cuno Tarfusser, the shopkeeper explained that she was a victim of the Siaka Koné market bombing which reportedly took place in Abobo on March 17, 2011.

“I’ve been in pain since this injury,” said the witness, who added that to this day she still had “a bullet fragment” in her … Continue Reading

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Gbagbo and Blé Goudé Trial: Another Closed Session in The Hague

Resuming work after a break of ten days, the trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé before the International Criminal Court (ICC) was marked by a closed session hearing on Monday, November 27, 2017.

A closed session to finish and a closed session to resume. The trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé reopened this Monday, November 27, in The Hague, the seat of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

As in the previous hearings on November 16th, the proceedings of this Monday were not public. The trial was held in closed session.

It must be remembered that this measure is decided upon by the judges most of the time, at the request of one of the parties to ensure the safety … Continue Reading

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Witness Testifies In Closed Session in The Hague

November 16, 2017 the hearing in the Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé trial was held in closed session. Today’s witness spoke in the strict intimacy of Courtroom 1 in The Hague-based court.                   

Testimony in the Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) was heard by Judge Cuno Tarfusser’s court in camera, closed to the public.

Questioned by  Ivoire Justice on this measure, ICC spokesman Fadi El-Abdallah explained via email:

Judges may decide to hold hearings in camera in accordance with two essential principles of the Rome Statute: the right of the accused to have his case heard publicly (Article 67 (1)) and  the Court’s duty to take appropriate … Continue Reading

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A Witness at The ICC: ‘You Are The Only Hope For Us’

The International Criminal Court (ICC) heard testimony from two witnesses this Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in the Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé trial. The witnesses were two victims that spoke about the events that occurred in April 2011 in Mami Faitai, a Yopougon sub-district.

In a hearing on November 15, the International Criminal Court (ICC) saw two witnesses in the Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé trial. These were Abdoulaye Doumbia and Camara Fatoumata.

Doumbia, born in 1954 and originally from Séguélon in northern Côte d’Ivoire, appeared deeply moved. Sobbing at times, the witness explained how the loss of his two sons, who were killed along with several other young people from Mami Faitai, negatively impacted his life.

“Really, I could not … Continue Reading

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ICC Trial: Witness Claims Liberians Were Active in Yopougon

An archivist at the General Staff at the time of the post-electoral crisis, Daouda Dosso, was a prosecution witness in the Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC). He testified on November 14, 2017.

An archivist and a corporal in the Ivorian army at the time of the 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis, Daouda Dosso, a prosecution witness the Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé trial before the ICC, completed his testimony November 14, 2017.

Responding to questions from Blé Goudé’s defense team, the witness said that Liberian mercenaries were mixed up with militiamen close to Laurent Gbagbo in Yopougon Commune, where they were running rampant.

“They [the Liberians] were ruthless, they were the ones who led our young … Continue Reading

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Prosecution Witness Claims ‘Blé Goudé Was Targeted’

November 13, 2017 was the second and last day of testimony for Balo Adama at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The transporter, an Abobo resident, was questioned by the defense teams of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé.

A transporter living in Abobo at the time of the 2010-2011 post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, Balo Adama has completed his testimony before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The hearing of the 71st prosecution witness started on Friday, November 10, and was marked by a revelation about the intentions of Invisible Commando members regarding Charles Blé Goudé, the former leader of the Young Patriots.

Responding to questions from Blé Goudé’s defense team, Balo Adama claimed that the armed group targeted Blé Goudé, Laurent Gbagbo’s … Continue Reading

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