News Before It's News
About us | Ocnus? |

Front Page 
 Dark Side
 Defence & Arms
 Light Side

Africa Last Updated: Mar 5, 2021 - 10:05:20 AM

Former Ivorian Minister, Charles Ble Goude Seeks Return After ICC Acquittal
By How Africa, 4/3/21
Mar 5, 2021 - 10:04:31 AM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

The former Ivorian Minister of Youth, Charles Blé Goudé is seeking a return to the West African country, months after he was acquitted of rights charges by the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Charles Blé Goudé informed Africanews that he was willing and is ready to jet back to Abidjan, but authorities are blocking him from doing so.

“I did not link my return to that of President Laurent Gbagbo. The very circumstances that led us here are really linked to this delay. Now that his return has been announced, will I go with him? I am waiting to see,” Charles Blé Goudé told Africanews.

Ivory Coast had issued passports to former president Laurent Gbagbo, which will allow him to return from exile in Belgium.

Charles Ble Goude did not receive his passport. He blamed the Ivorian authorities for blocking his passport issuance citing political differences.

“The passport application that Charles Blé Goudé will send in from my point of view is not just an administrative procedure. The passport issuance is a highly political issue, just like my return to Côte d’Ivoire. From my point of view, I will not have a passport when the Ivorian authorities accept my return. I will only return to Côte d’Ivoire if the Ivorian authorities accept it,” he added.

Gbagbo and former Ivorian youth minister Charles Ble Goude have both been unable to return to the West African nation since their January 2019 acquittals under the terms of their release set by the International Criminal Court.

Gbagbo and Ble Goude faced trial in The Hague for crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the civil war, which saw some 3,000 killed.

The prosecution is appealing against their acquittal.

Source:Ocnus.net 2021

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
Artisanal miners could help Congo become world’s fourth-largest cobalt producer
Nile countries trade blame as dam talks end without breakthrough
Libya: The Turkish Problem
Congo: Return Of The Kings
Autocracy and Instability in Africa
Zimbabwe confirms oil in Muzarabani region
South Africans reportedly killed as Jihadist insurgents overrun hotel in Mozambique’s Palma
Palma attacked just as Total says safe to return
Mozambique Turns to Green Berets After Russians Fail Against al-Shabaab
Islamic State kills hundreds in massacres across the Sahel