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Cote d’Ivoire to transfer pro-Gbagbo youth leader to ICC

Cote d’Ivoire’s Government on Friday agreed to transfer Charles Goude, the leader of “Youth Patriots” to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Goude, the leader of a youth movement allied to ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, is being sought after by the ICC for an alleged role in the 2010 to 2011 post-election violence that left at least 3,000 people dead.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Justice Minister, Coulibaly Gnenema announced this after a cabinet meeting held in Abidjan.

“The government has agreed to arrest and hand him over to the International Criminal Court,” Coulibaly said.

He added that Goude was detained in Abidjan since his arrest on Jan. 17, 2013 in Ghana.

“He had been targeted by the ICC arrest warrant issued on Dec. 21, 2011 and made public in Sept. 2013.

“He is wanted as a co-perpetrator in the killings, rape and other forms of sexual violence, acts of persecution and other inhuman acts during the post-election violence.

“All arrangements will be done to execute the ICC order rapidly,” Coulibaly said.

Report says the former student leader, who later served as a minister in Gbagbo’s government, is accused of leading demonstrations in support of the ousted regime.

It added that Goude was christened the “Street General” because of his mobilisation capacity.

“He organised violent protests in 2006 against the French, forcing thousands of them to be repatriated and their businesses to be shut down.

“In 2010, it is him who ordered that the vehicles belonging to the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire be stoned,” Coulibaly said.

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