The trial is expected to last several months. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? © 2020 Copyright France 24 - All rights reserved. "They have gone after Gaddafi but we are still waiting," he said. He said: "What happened is beyond anything imaginable. Mr Gbago’s son Michael told the BBC that he expected the truth to be heard and his father freed. Speaking in New York, Ivory Coast's UN envoy Youssoufou Bamba vowed that Gbagbo would now stand trial. Security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d'Ivoire's disputed president, have shot dead at least six women at a demonstration in support of his rival, Alassane Ouattara, witnesses said. We don't know what to do. He urged the international community to take action. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. The ICC has yet to bring any charges against those who supported President Ouattara and who have been accused of similar atrocities. "It is an important step in the process, but we cannot call it euphoria. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. We’re not sure this high court is very credible and can deliver justice, real justice,” he said. "UN gendarmes are now ensuring the security of Mr. Gbagbo and his wife in an apartment in the Golf Hotel," Le Roy said. Omnion Cultural fights for the independence of Catalonia, The Moria refugee camp, two days after Greece's biggest migrant camp, was destroyed by fire. "For President Ouattara and the people of Cote d'Ivoire, the hard work of reconciliation and rebuilding must begin now," Obama said. The network showed footage of Gbagbo inside a room in the Golf Hotel along with several senior aides, wearing a vest, wiping himself down with a towel and then changing shirts. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Adama Diawara, a civil servant, told Reuters: "We're getting out of Abidjan. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Available for everyone, funded by readers. said the witness, speaking on condition of anonymity. Ms Bensouda has pledged to bring both sides to justice. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. As defeat loomed, prosecutors say the defendants marshalled security forces, youth militias and mercenaries to attack groups perceived as opposition supporters. "The nightmare is over," Ouattara's prime minister, former rebel leader Guillaume Soro, said on the victorious camp's television channel, calling for any forces still loyal to Gbagbo to change sides. REUTERS - Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone, detained in the north of the country since they were ousted from power in … Ouattara in his address Monday also said he wanted to create a truth and reconciliation commission to shed light on charges of human rights violations during the past four months of unrest. A crowd of several hundred demonstrators protested outside the court, denouncing the trial as “victor’s justice”. The Ouattara camp puts the death toll at 720. If politics failed, violence was seen as politics by other means,” prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told the three ICC judges sitting in The Hague in the Netherlands. "I ask you to remain calm and show restraint," Ouattara, 69, the internationally recognised president of the west African nation, said in a televised address, while hailing "the dawn of a new era of hope". The content you requested does not exist or is not available anymore. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Their bodies were later discovered in morgues from gunshot wounds. Gbagbo was detained and taken to his rival's temporary hotel headquarters with his wife Simone and son Michel. In December 2010, Mr Gbagbo refused to step down when the Independent Electoral Commission and international observers proclaimed his rival, Mr Ouattara, the winner of the run-off. Pope Francis prays with priests at the end of a limited public audience at the San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican, A girl's silhouette is seen from behind a fabric in a tent along a beach by Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, A Chinese woman takes a photo of herself in front of a flower display dedicated to frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in Beijing, China. After the capture, General Bruno Dogbo Ble, the head of Gbagbo's Republican Guard, called the UN to say he wanted to surrender and Le Roy said at least 200 Gbagbo fighters had laid down their weapons. 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A fighter who witnessed his capture said Gbagbo had put up no resistance when finally confronted by one of the commanders of the pro-Ouattara forces. Ouattara is the internationally recognised winner of last November's presidential election. A total of 138 witnesses including victims of violence and members of Mr Gbagbo’s inner circle would testify about the men’s involvement in plotting the post-election violence even before the 2010 vote, Ms Bensouda said. The International Criminal Court's prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation into the violence in Ivory Coast. One witness, a woman arrested by police after attending a peaceful pro-Ouattara political rally, was repeatedly gang-raped at police headquarters over a three-day period, Ms Bensouda said. 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UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Gbagbo's arrest came at the "end of a chapter that should never have been," as the world body confirmed about 800 dead in the conflict between the rival camps following the November election. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. We are so tired of this. He appeared visibly tired but otherwise unharmed. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Mon 21 Mar 2011 14.32 GMT Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore regretted that it had taken so long for Gbagbo to be arrested, but added: "I think that Ivory Coast must regroup around President Alassane Ouattara to move toward reconciliation, toward an economic upturn.". A spokesman for the UN mission in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) said its peacekeepers and allies from France's Licorne force had aimed to destroy heavy weapons that were being used against civilians. The court heard that Mr Gbagbo, a former university professor who spent many years living in exile in France, won the first round of the 2010 presidential vote with 38 per cent. First published on Mon 21 Mar 2011 14.32 GMT. Thousands of young men could be seen enlisting on Monday to fight for the incumbent president of Ivory Coast, stoking fears of an imminent civil war. “The purpose of this trial is not to determine who won the elections or who was to win the elections. 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"When he found himself face to face with Gbagbo, in front of his desk, the first thing Gbagbo said was 'Don't kill me!'" Ouattara spokeswoman Anne Ouloto told AFP the former first couple had been brought to the Golf Hotel, where Ouattara's camp was for months besieged by Gbagbo's forces, at around 1:00 pm (1300 GMT), shortly after the arrest. Daily protests calling for the authoritarian president's resignation are now in their second month, Members of 'Omnium Cultural' celebrate the 20th 'Festa per la llibertat' ('Fiesta for the freedom') to mark the Day of Catalonia in Barcelona.