Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo fights charges in the Hague as his former aide back home is arrested by orders of president Quattara
Posted by African Press International on August 19, 2012
Reports reaching API confirm that the aide, who is also an official of Gbagbo’s party was whisked away today.
Earlier in the day, men dressed as security stormed the party headquarters of Gbagbo’s party taking away documents.
This should raise concern at the ICC. Gbagbo’s defence are arguing that they have documents to prove that president Quattara’s men are committing attrocities.
There is a possibility now that Quattara men are destroying documents that they think may connect them to massacres still taking place, even after Gbagbo’s arrest.
Confirmation of charges Hearing against Gbagbo is a very interesting one. He was arrested and transported by The Frenchmen. The defence argue this is illegal.
There is no law for such, where a head of state of another country can despatch soldiers to go and arrest another country’s leader.
This loophole may favour Gbagbo, even if the Frenchmen are trying to say the mission was to assist the UN who was seen to be weak on the ground.