Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is extradited to stand trial at the International Criminal Court

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Former Ivory Coast President, Laurent Gbagbo was extradited to the International Criminal Court following the issue of a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested on charges of crimes against humanity. Gbagbo had been under house arrest in the tiny village of Korhogo which is located more than 500 kilometres north of Abidjan since being ousted by internationally backed forces in April. He became the first former head of state to be taken into custody by the tribunal since its founding in 2002. Gbagbo refused to relinquish power after he lost the 2010 election to Alassane Ouattara. Subsequently, more than 3 000 people were killed and hundreds of thousand displaced in a four moths civil war.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had been indicted, though he refuses to surrender, while former Liberian President Charles Taylor and Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic have been tried there by special ad hoc tribunals, rather than the international court.

• The Associated Press, (2011) ‘Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo extradited to the Hagu’, from CTV News, 29 November, [online], available at (Accessed: 11 October 2012)
•  SABC News, (2012) ‘ICC competent to try Gbagbo: Judges’, 15 August, [online], available at (Accessed: 11 October 2012)
•  Sekularac I (2011) ‘Gbagbo faces charges of crimes against humanity: ICC’, from Reuters, 30 November, [online], available at (Accessed: 11 October 2012)