International Justice Monitor

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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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Detoh Letho Asserts “Mangou Did Not Tell the Truth”

November 10th was the third and last day of testimony for Firmin Detoh Letho before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The retired soldier, who was questioned by Charles Blé Goudé’s defense, exposed contradictions between himself and Philippe Mangou.

On the last day of Firmin Detoh Letho’s testimony before the International Criminal Court (ICC), the former head of the Ivorian Land Forces was questioned by the defense team for Charles Blé Goudé and by Judge Cuno Tarfusser.

Judge Tarfusser asked the prosecution witness about statements made to the court by Philippe Mangou. During Mangou’s testimony, the judge said, the former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces had said that Detoh Letho had an operational function.

“False!” retorted the witness, who reaffirmed that he … Continue Reading

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According to Detoh Letho, the 2010 Crisis Came ‘As a Result Of’ the 2002 Crisis

Firmin Detoh Letho, a prosecution witness in the Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC), was questioned on November 9, 2017 by Laurent Gbagbo’s defense.

For his third day of testimony before the International Criminal Court (ICC), Firmin Detoh Letho, former Commander of the Ivorian Land Forces, was questioned by Laurent Gbagbo’s defense. The cross-examination, led by Emmanuel Altit, focused on the 2002 crisis with the armed rebellion.

According to the witness, the post-electoral crisis that shook Côte d’Ivoire is the consequence of the 2002 war.

“If there had been no crisis in 2002, there would not be this situation in December 2010. It is a consequence of 2002,” said the witness.

Still testifying about this period, the … Continue Reading

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Detoh Letho at the ICC: ‘I Went to the Golf Because I Wanted the War to Stop’

For his second day of testimony before the International Criminal Court (ICC), Firmin Detoh Letho, former Ivorian Land Forces Commander, discussed the events in Abobo and the details of his arrival at the Golf Hotel in March 2011.

The former Commander of the Ivorian Land Forces, General Firmin Detoh Letho, began his second day of testimony on November 8, 2017. The General, who retired in late 2016, testified about the circumstances of his arrival at the Golf Hotel, Alassane Ouattara’s headquarters, on March 25, 2011.

The witness, who spoke via video conference from Côte d’Ivoire, responded to those who call him a traitor.

“On March 25, 2011, I went to the Golf. I had two main reasons. The first was that I … Continue Reading

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Detoh Letho: “Making Abobo a War Zone Was Not a Good Move”

After several weeks of interruptions and a missed hearing on November 6, 2017, the trial of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé before the International Criminal Court (ICC) resumed on November 7 with the testimony of Firmin Detoh Letho.

The testimony before the International Criminal Court (ICC) of Firmin Detoh Letho, former Commander of the Ivorian Land Forces, began on November 7, 2017. The retired general, who testified via videolink from Abidjan, was first questioned by the prosecution.

Prosecutor Melissa Pack focused primarily on the organization of the Ivorian armed forces during the crisis period. In his testimony, the witness returned to the situation in Abobo, the epicenter of the violence for most of the post-electoral crisis.

Detoh Letho confirmed that Laurent Gbagbo … Continue Reading

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