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Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was arrested by the International Criminal Court this week on charges of murder, rape and other serious crimes against humanity. The 66-year old former leader is the first head of state to be arrested by the court in all of its nine-year history.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has been charged with genocide, but he has refused to surrender.
“Mr. Gbagbo is brought to account for his individual responsibility in the attacks against civilians committed by forces acting on his behalf,” Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement.
It is alleged that 3,000 people died after Gbagbo refused to concede defeat after the presidential election that took place on November 28. President Alassane Ouattara was only allowed to take over power with the help of international forces.
While some in the Ivory Coast were happy to hear about the arrest, others were not so pleased. Taxi driver Ble Hypolite claims that the arrest was illegal.
“It’s not fair. Both parties were responsible. Since 2002 civilians have been killed, especially in the west,” he said. “This is bad for reconciliation.”
Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch says that both sides of the conflict are to blame for what happened, and that half of the aggressors went unpunished.
“This created the perception of victor’s justice,” he said. “And if the cycle of violence in Cote d’Ivoire is to stop there has to be justice that is even handed and justice for the victims on both sides.”