The International Criminal Court (ICC) said it was satisfied that the Ivory Coast government has finally agreed to deliver Charles Blé Goudé, the man it suspects of committing serious crimes against humanity during the country’s post-electoral of 2011.
Nicknamed ‘Street General’, Goudé – a youth leader and close friend to former President Laurent Gbagbo – is said to have played a major role in the crisis, including ordering his over-zealous Young Patriots to butcher, rape and target all United Nations vehicles and personnel.
More than 3 000 people were killed in the violence, and thousands left the country to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.
Now, Goudé will have to meet his former boss, Gbagbo, who was unceremoniously bundled to the Hague-based institution three years ago, after he and his wife Simone Gbagbo were captured like animals by forces loyal to the current president.
The populist youth leader fled to Ghana afterwards, where he said to have lived like a dog, before being arrested and sent back to Ivory Coast in January 2012.
Altough national reconciliation has still a long way to go, life has since returned to normal in this West African nation of 22 million people. Ivory Coast is the world’s top cocoa producer.
The ICC has been negotiating the transfer of both Simone and Goudé for the past three years, but while the ‘butcher’ goes to the Netherlands, Simone stays behind to face the country’s justice.
All is well and ends well for Goudé, who had requested to be tried by an Ivorian court and not be sent to the ICC, an institution accused of being remote-controlled by the West in an effort to hunt down African leaders.
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Photo: The ‘Street General’ in action.