01 February 2012 by -

The exhumation of the first of at least 29 bodies buried in a grave in the Doukouré area of Yopougon in Abidjan district was coordinated by Ivorian state prosecutor Simplice Koffi. Yopougon was the last part of Abidjan to be held by pro-Gbagbo forces.

By John James, Abidjan

25 May 2011 by Bram Posthumus

President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast says he wants national dialogue and reconciliation and an end to impunity. Noble intentions - but his country may have more pressing issues to deal with, plus the fact that not everyone is prepared to reconcile.

13 April 2011 by Richard Walke

With the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo on Monday Ivory Coast is now at a turning point in its modern history. But whether the country’s bitter opposing factions can find peace will depend to some extent on what happens next to its stubborn former leader. Ivory Coast has been under the ICC’s radar since 2005 – the question now is whether Gbagbo will face prosecution by the court. IJT spoke to Stephen Ellis, a leading historian on Africa at the Leiden African Studies Centre in the Netherlands.

20 December 2010 by -

The European Union on Monday decided to slap visa bans on 19 Ivorians, including incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo and his powerful wife Simone.

A spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief said both Gbagbo and his wife were on the list.

The measures will take 24 to 48 hours before coming into force, with a decision to freeze assets for the 19 to be taken separately, diplomatic sources said.

Following Ivory Coast's post-election violence, Cristelle Semao Gueh and family at a camp in Duekoue (Caroline Gluck/Oxfam)
27 January 2015 by Christin Roby, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

The trial of Ivorian former first lady Simone Gbagbo and 82 co-defendants entered its fourth week of testimony in Abidjan on Monday. Gbagbo, along with former prime minister Aké N'Gbo and former president of the Ivorian Popular Front Affi N'Guessan, face charges of undermining state security through alleged involvement in atrocities that killed an estimated 3,000 after the November 2010 election.

29 February 2012

Summary and link to PDF of IJT 146.

04 April 2014 by IJT
Charles Blé Goudé, the 42 year old former charismatic head of the Youth Patriots, a pro-Gbagbo movement, introduced himself as a 'consultant in political communication' during his first appearance before the International Criminal Court (ICC), on 27 March. Transferred from Ivory Coast five days before, he has joined in The Netherlands the ex-president Laurent Gbagbo, who has been held for two years.
04 April 2014 by Blake Evans-Pritchard, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Will the evidence be sufficient this time? After a series of hearings last year, the International Criminal Court (ICC) judges told the prosecution to think again. The central challenge is how to establish, more convincingly than a year ago, 'the absolute authority' that former president Laurent Gbagbo allegedly exerted over the Ivorian security forces. 

25 June 2014 by IJT

Three years after his arrest in Abidjan, the former president of Ivory Coast received confirmation, on 12 June, that he will be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. 

25 June 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT 162.


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