On 15 January 2019, the International Criminal Court ruled that Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, former President and Minister of Youth respectively of the Ivory Coast, should be acquitted.

Proceedings had been commenced against the two for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

During the post-electoral crisis of 2010- 2011, the UN Security Council considered that these two men had hung to power by violence and ordered international sanctions to be imposed on them. They were finally arrested by the French Special Forces and transferred to the Hague. After 7 years of incarceration and a two-year show trial, the judges decided to acquit them both.

For the supporters of colonization under the sheepskin of intervening to protect universally recognized human rights, this trial shows the need to reform the ICC so that it stops providing immunity to African Criminals.

Yet the proponents of justice respond with the cry that the ICC does not meet the standards of a court (for example the institution is both prosecutor and judge). It was established to justify a posteriori Western colonial interventions, principally in Africa. The reason for which the judges were unable to sentence Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé is simply because they were not guilty of the facts that were imputed to them.

When in power, President Laurent Gbagbo first made out to be an exemplary ally of the Pentagon. Then with time, he tried to put the interest of his country first. France then blocked off all financial support to him and then took him out, putting Alassane Ouattara, a personal friend of President Nicolas Sarkozy in control.

Anoosha Boralessa