Mathieu Kouakou Fofié

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11 September 2006 by Emmanuel Chicon and Benjamin Bibas

Four years ago, on September 19, 2002, an aborted coup d'état attempt plunged Côte d'Ivoire into civil war and political violence. In October 2003, Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo sent a document to The Hague acknowledging the International Criminal Court's (ICC) jurisdiction over the crimes committed in Côte d'Ivoire since September 2002. The Court finally confirmed the existence of this document in February 2005. However, one and a half years later, and despite several detailed investigations by the UN and NGOs, the ICC prosecutor is "still questioning whether crimes were committed, analyzing the issues of jurisdiction and admissibility, and trying to determine whether the interests of justice would be served by opening an investigation," according to the ICC's report to the UN Assembly General in August.