Nov. 30 - Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, faces charges of crimes against humanity at the ICC, the first former head of state to be tried there since its inception in 2002. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, facing charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC), is transferred to The Hague. The ICC opened an investigation last month into killings, rapes and other abuses committed during a four-month conflict in Ivory Coast. It was triggered by Gbagbo's refusal to cede power to Alassane Ouattara in an election last year. The conflict ended only when French-backed pro-Ouattara forces captured Gbagbo on April 11. 3000 people were killed and over a million uprooted in the civil war. Residents in Abidjan had mixed reactions to the news. (SOUNDBITE) FERDINAND AHIBA, TEACHER, SAYING(French): "If it's true that he is the one who ordered all these crimes, it's good that he should pay for that. He was president so he's the one responsible for all the crimes committed, and he should pay for it." (SOUNDBITE) JULIEN AMON, VETERINARIAN, SAYING(French): "Personally I don't know what the objective is and what it is we want to achieve with this. If we want a real pardon, a true pardon, we should drop this thing. I think that the Ivorian justice is able and should deal with this. We have all the necessary justice specialists here to be able to bring about the proof for his accusations." Gbagbo is first former head of state to be tried by the ICC since its inception in 2002. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters