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Statement of the ICC Prosecutor following the conditional release of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé

We note the decision of the Appeals Chamber.  The Prosecution’s position was that we would be amenable to release with a set of conditions attached. These conditions would be to ensure that Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé would be available before the Court should the trial proceedings against them continue. The Prosecution still has the right to appeal the January 15 decision to acquit Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé the serious charges against them.  At this…

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The Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case

The Chief Prosecutor of the ICC appeals the dismissal of the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Background: The ICC Appeals Chamber is holding a hearing to hear further submissions on the Prosecution’s Appeal against the decision of ICC Trial Chamber I in relation to the release of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé following their acquittal. Below is audio-visual footage of the first 15 minutes of today’s Appeals Chamber hearing in the Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case…

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NEW: PROVOCATIVE BOOK!!!!!!!

Wide Sargasso Sea: Themes Of Colonialism And Patriarchy Our everyday discourse throws light on the nature of the human relationship and experience, and equally shows how deeply human beings are entangled in the web of the dominant ideologies, amongst them, sexism and racism. How does the past explain our present social relationship and give meaning and legitimacy to the everyday discourse?  As a counter-text to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, published in 1847, Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea  reveals “the…

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2019 SAG Awards: Black Panther wins top prize

Black Panther has once again demonstrated its popularity and confirmed its enviable position in the film industry after it won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs). The Superhero film won the best ensemble cast award in a motion picture, which is almost equivalent to the SAG’s best film prize. The prize for the best action performance by a stunt ensemble equally went to Black Panther. Many in the film industry have always seen Black Panther…

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Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona makes first appearance before the ICC

On 25 January 2019, Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona appeared before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), at the seat of the ICC in The Hague (The Netherlands). Pre-Trial Chamber II is composed of Judge Antoine Kesia‐Mbe Mindua, Presiding, Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala. The hearing was held in the presence of the Prosecutor and the Defence. Mr Ngaïssona was represented by his Counsel Mr Eric Plouvier. The Chamber verified the identity of the…

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Burkina Faso: “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon”

The one thing I love about proverbs is that they challenge one’s thinking faculty and intellectual level, by prompting one to think deeply. Furthermore, in Africa, and I believe, in many other societies, as well, proverbs are used to test one’s degree of maturity, as you are expected, not only to grasp the latent meaning of proverbs, but to, equally, use them to understand your environment, its realities and tackle them wisely. Hence it is not uncommon to hear…

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Mikel completes transfer to Middlesbrough

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi has completed his transfer from China to English side Middlesbrough after passing a medical on Tuesday. The Sun report in England confirms that the Nigerian midfielder travelled from London to his new base last night after agreeing personal terms. The father of two who is a Two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea was billed to join up with his new teammates Wednesday morning after spending the past two years at Tianjin TEDA in the…

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Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona transferred to ICC for alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes​

Today, 23 January 2019, Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona was transferred to the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) in The Hague, The Netherlands, by the authorities of the French Republic pursuant to an ICC arrest warrant for crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (“CAR”). This transfer followed the completion of necessary national proceedings in France, where he was arrested on 12 December 2018. The ICC Registrar, Mr Peter Lewis, thanked the authorities of…

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Cristiano Ronaldo accepts 19m euros fine and two-year suspended jail term for tax evasion

Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a 19m euro (£17) fine and a suspended two-year jail sentence for alleged tax evasion in Spain. The former World Player of the Year, who arrived in the court this morning in Madrid had pleaded guilty last year to the charges brought against him by the Spanish tax authorities and State prosecutors regarding tax fraud. The said fraud was allegedly committed during his nine years at Real Madrid. The prosecutors equally accused Ronaldo of using shell companies…

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Africa: Euphemism or Problem of Semantics?

One of the greatest challenges I face in Africa is the ability to understand clearly the difference between the use of euphemism and identifying a semantics problem. Yes, semantics problem; or if you like, the problem of meaning or definition. For the sake of clarity, I will start by defining both terms. Put is a simpler way, semantics is the study of meaning in language, programming languages, semiotic and formal logics, while euphemism is a soft, mild, indirect, or…

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Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé verdict: Statement of the ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

In a decision this morning, two of the three Judges of Trial Chamber I of the Court in the case against Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, decided to acquit them of crimes against humanity we allege they committed based on the evidence my Office collected through its independent and objective investigations. The Judges have made their decision. The Prosecution has the right to appeal this decision. This situation involved allegations of serious crimes under the Rome Statute…

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ICC acquits Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé from all charges

Today, 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), by majority, Judge Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, acquitted Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. A fully reasoned decision will be issued in writing in due course. The Prosecutor may appeal the decision after the full decision is filed. As a consequence, the Chamber ordered the release of…

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