Ivorian ex-youth firebrand Ble Goude before ICC

March 27, 2014 9:43 am
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Charles Ble Goude , Ivory Coast's Minister of youth and employment and leader of the "young patriots", greets crowds on February 5, 2011 in Abidjan/AFP
Charles Ble Goude , Ivory Coast’s Minister of youth and employment and leader of the “young patriots”, greets crowds on February 5, 2011 in Abidjan/AFP

, THE HAGUE, March 27- Ivorian ex president Laurent Gbagbo’s right-hand man Charles Ble Goude faced International Criminal Court judges for the first time on Thursday for his alleged role in a deadly post election standoff three years ago.

The leader of the so called “Young Patriots”, a fanatical group of Gbagbo supporters, is facing four counts of crimes against humanity for his role in the 2010-11 unrest which the UN said left 3,000 people dead.

Also called Gbagbo’s “Street General”, Goude was arrested in Ghana more than a year ago and extradited to the Ivory Coast, but authorities previously were hesitant to send him to the world’s only permanent war crimes court.

The firebrand leader on Sunday joined his former boss at the ICC’s detention unit in a seaside suburb of The Hague.

Gbagbo, who was transferred to the Netherlands in late 2011, also faces four counts of crimes against humanity but the court has yet to confirm the charges, pending further investigation.

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