Posted by Mariana on 31 Jan 2013 | Comments
The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has said that more than 700 civilians were slain by forces loyal to former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, between 2010 and 2011.
In a report presented at the Hague on January 28, Bensouda said Gbagbo, his wife, Simone, and a former Minister of Youth and Employment, Charles Ble Goude, were the principal actors in the civil unrest that led to the death of many people, rape cases and injuries.
The report was posted on-line by Ivorian local newspaper, L’Expression, on Tuesday in Abidjan.
The ICC report was made public barely three weeks to the commencement of the trial of the former president who was arrested on April 11, 2011 and handed over to the ICC in December, 2011.
In a 77 paragraph report to the ICC, Bensouda detailed the instructions by the former president and his wife to security outfits, and militia groups to unleash violence on supporters of President Alassane Ouattara.
``Between Nov. 27, 2010 and May. 8, 2011, the pro-Gbagbo forces led attacks against civilians who were loyal to Ouattara during which 700 persons were slain, 40 ladies were raped and more than 520 persons were arrested, detained and tortured.’’ She said more than 140 persons were physically assaulted and injured.
The detailed report listed dates and times of the attacks by various groups that were loyal to the former president.
Bensouda said the attacks were all pre-meditated as the former president recruited militias into the army, the police and the secret service while extending sponsorship to violent groups that burnt many people alive.
She said the former president recruited mercenaries from Liberia, who openly hunted and slew Ouattara supporters, some times invading communities of muslims and Northerners.
The ICC prosecutor said Burkinabes, Nigeriens and Nigerians were also slain by forces loyal to the former president because of their government’s endorsement of Ouattara.
Source: Daily Times (Nigeria)