Somebody must be responsible for deaths – Outtara
Publish date: 11 February 2019
Issue Number: 810
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Ivory Coast
Ivory President Alassane Ouattara has refused to comment on the acquittal on crimes against humanity of his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court while insisting investigations would continue. 'No reaction from me; it's an ongoing trial,' Ouattara said in an interview with Radio France International. However, a report on the News24 site notes that he added that 'someone must be responsible for the (estimated) 3 000 deaths'. 'I hope that justice will shine a light on that; it is what the victims are asking for.' ICC judges acquitted Gbagbo and his aide Charles Ble Goude on charges stemming from a wave of violence after disputed elections in the west African nation in 2010. He is living in Belgium pending a possible prosecution appeal following the 15 January acquittal.