Gbagbo Trial | Ivory Cost’s Ex-President Faces Charges Of Crimes Against Humanity As Trial Begins At The Hague

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Laurent Gbagbo

All is set for the trial of Ivory Coast former President, Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague who have been charged for crimes against humanity.

The charges Mr Gbagbo faces are related to the civil conflict which ensued in Ivory Coast between his supporters and the supporters of President Alassane Ouattara after the 2010 disputed election which he ( Gbagbo ) lost leading to the killing of thousands of innocent people including women and children.

The Ex- Ivorian President will go down as the first Head of State to stand trial at the Court in the Hague.

He will be standing trial together with the former Militia Leader, Charles Ble Goude who has also been accused of playing lead role in mobilising attacks on opposition supporters.

Lawyer for Mr Gbagbo, Emmanuel Altit who has described his client as innocent said the trial provides an opportunity for a reconciliation for which reason he (Gbagbo) welcomes it.

The Lawyer lamented that, despite  the involvement of some supporters of President Alhassane Ouattara in the Civil conflict, with casualties on both sides, non of his supporters was charged for any crime, resulting in an accusation of victors’ justice.

The International Criminal Court which is in the Hague was established primarily to bring to justice, powerful Leaders who perpetuate crimes against humanity whilst in power with impunity. This may be one of the most important and historic trial in the annals of the International Criminal Court.