Nov. 30 - The International Criminal Court confirms that former Ivory Coast President Lauren Gbagbo is detained in the Hague for crimes against humanity, as a former aide describes the events as 'kidnap'. Simon Hanna reports.
Laurent Gbagbo, captured in April of this year towards the end of a fourth-month civil war. The fighting erupted when the former Ivorian president refused to cede power, despite losing an election to rival Alassane Outtara. The ensuing power struggle claimed over 3,000 lives and displaced over a million. Now Gbagbo has been transferred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague to face charges of crimes against humanity. An ICC spokesman confirmed the arrest. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ICC SPOKESMAN FAHDI AL ABDULLAH: "Mr Laurent Gbagbo has been arrested and transferred to the ICC detention centre in the night. That's in accordance with the warrant of arrest issued by pre-trial chamber three. That's for four crimes, charges of crimes against humanity: murder, persecution, rape, and other sexual violence and other inhuman acts." But, speaking to reporters in Paris, a close aide of Gbagbo branded the former Ivorian leader's arrest as a politically motivating kidnapping. (SOUNDBITE) (French) TOUSSAINT ALAIN, AN AIDE TO FORMER IVORIAN PRESIDENT LAURENT GBAGBO: "For us, it's a kidnapping. It shows the brutality of this regime, the violence of Ivorian justice which, since April 11, has at no stage respected the rights of the defence." Gbagbo's case is the first to be brought in front of the ICC from the Ivory Coast. But as the investigation continues, the court says that more cases might arise. Simon Hanna, Reuters.