Ivorian crisis: Charles Ble Goude says ready to appear before the ICC

Charles Ble Goude, controversial figure of the deposed Ivorian regime, blames nothing he did during the deadly crisis of 2010-2011 and, from exile, claims to be “ready” to tell the International Criminal Court ( ICC). In an exclusive interview with AFP, first meeting with a journalist since he left Côte d’Ivoire in April 2011, the leader of the “young patriots” pro-Gbagbo gave appointment Monday after multiple conversations telephone and a series of intermediaries, somewhere near the border between Togo and Benin.

In plain dark suit and tie, he appears in good shape in the green complex selected for the interview with a few faithful. However, pursuant to an international arrest warrant issued by Abidjan, it is on the watch, on the alert, sure to be “hunted” by men of President Ouattara in his run.

“I’m not on the run” but “in hiding”, he corrects, the categorical tone that is his trademark. Has happened in recent months in Gambia and Ghana, as claimed by the newspapers? He did not say a word. And if he does not exclude to have had “weaknesses and failures”, it will not do either of mea culpa or even “balance sheet”.
“I am ready to go to the ICC because I do not blame me,” he says. “I’m not a proponent of weapons, I have never met a single militia. If for organizing protest marches, the ICC wants to invite me, I have no problem to appear before the ICC, “he swears.

“Facade of Reconciliation”

Formerly known as “Minister of the street” for its ability to mobilize, “Wheat” is considered by critics and international NGOs as one of those who contributed most to the violence during the election crisis in December 2010-April 2011.

The fiery orator who had called the youth to join the army to counter the “rebels”, France and the UN is regularly cited as one of the personalities that could be targeted by the ICC.

Born refusal of an ex-president to concede defeat in the election of November 2010, the crisis has some 3 000 lives. Arrested on 11 April 2011 in Abidjan after two weeks of the war, Laurent Gbagbo has been detained in The Hague by the ICC, which is suspected of being “indirect co-author of” crimes against humanity.

Charles Ble Goude also says “ready to face justice,” Ivorian. But he accused the Ouattara regime to impose a “victors’ justice” and practice a “facade of reconciliation.”

“When most of the pro-Gbagbo are either in prison or in exile, or hunting, I do not think this is the right choice. For me, it is necessary to cancel the warrants of arrest and prosecutions against pro-Gbagbo frames “,” release prisoners, unfreeze “bank accounts blocked and” stop the spectacular arrests and advertising, “he exclaims.
For that “reconciliation is actually committed”, he proposed a meeting with the President of the Commission for Dialogue, Truth, and Reconciliation (CDVR) Ivorian, former Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny. A head-to-head “in South Africa” country that gave an “example of reconciliation” after apartheid, he said.

He sweeps the charges against Liberia, who announced the search after deadly attacks in the border Ivorian West. The violence, as a pro-Gbagbo coup plan allegedly foiled by Abidjan, has put pressure on neighboring countries that have found refuge caciques of the old power.

Premiere, one of the exiles, former Minister Moise Lida Kouassi, was even arrested in early June in Togo and extradited.

But not enough to bring to recant Charles Ble Goude, ephemeral Minister of Youth of Laurent Gbagbo. During the crisis facing the camp Ouattara and his supporters, “we proposed a popular mobilization. If it again, I would do, “he says, before disappearing to unknown destinations.