Jerry Rawlings about Gbagbo’s transfer to ICC: “An abduction”

This transfer followed a procedure so hasty that it could be rightfully described as abduction. My suspicion grows even more, when the prosecuting attorney claiming to be targeting six officials in Cote d’Ivoire, unduly focuses on Gbagbo, the one who is least likely to escape due to his being already in custody.
This eagerness to indict and transfer Gbagbo, who did not run in the face of the bombing of his palace like a common criminal, defies logic and the quest for true reconciliation and sustainable peace in Cote d’Ivoire.
After fifty years of independence, Africa should have all the knowhow to bring justice to its own citizens and do away with imported justice.


Quite ironically, I tend to think that the main reason why most ICC cases are about African countries is the inability of many African states or even African institutions to establish trusted judiciary systems. Who reactions have been positive if the Gbagbo’s trial was held in Cote d’Ivoire?

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