International Criminal Court now houses Gbagbo: He is lucky there, will not be beaten as he was when being fished out of the bunker
Posted by African Press International on November 30, 2011
The man who the other day was addressed as His Excellency the President is from now on a prisoner and is to face crimes against humanity at the ICC. The photo shows Gbagbo being fished out of the bunker at the presidential palace by a soldier. It is reported that he was well dressed when being flown to the Hague yesterday. To set an example for other stubborn world leaders, Gbagbo should have been transported to the ICC dressed as he is here.
Former strong men Saddam Hussein of Iraq was fished out of a rat bunker. His friend Kadhafi of Libya was fished out a bunker-tunnel and humiliated sexually before being bulleted in the head.
Now former Ivorian strong man Laurent Gbagbo who was fished out of a bunker in the presidential palace and given a beating during the arrest while almost naked, has been handed over to the ICC to face charges.
Why do leaders not learn from this and respect the people they rule? The Syrian leader must also wake up now if he wants to live. The longer he waits, instead of stepping down, while people are killing one another, he will end up like Khadafi. Humiliated and murdered during daylight.
Al Bashir of Sudan should see the writings on the wall and avoid humiliation as these three.
For a leader like Gbagbo to have been transferred to the Hague for ICC trial, he should be happy. If tried in his country he would most definitely be put to death. At least at the ICC, he will be treated humanely, allowed to read and even abuse the court during his trial like the former leader of Yugoslavia the late Slobodan Milosevic who refused to recognise the court until his death in custody before sentence was reached.
One unlucky character is the son of Kadhafi who is now in the hands of the new Libyan government. ICC has agreed with the Libyans that he faces trial in Libya, not at the ICC. That is a death sentence already. When Saddam Hussein was tried in Iraq and not at the ICC, he was sentenced to death and hanged quickly.
So Gbagbo should shut up and raise no complaint because at least he will still waste public funds when the ICC has to provide him with free lawyers paid by the court.
The best way to go about this is to get all that he owns, sell and use the proceeds to pay for his defence.
- Mr former President Gbagbo, how do you want to be punished? Fished out of the bunker
- Gbagbo falls: Stubborn and in a bunker hidding – Flashed out, captured and humiliated
- Gbagbo Capture and his Failure Typical of African Leadership Dilemma
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