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As Cote d'Ivoire Joins ICC, Plan for Gbagbo Case, Ble Goude on Ice, UNTV

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 15 – When Ivorian ambassador Youssoufou Bamba showed up in front of the UN Security Council on Friday afternoon, he told Inner City Press, “I have an announcement to make. We have joined the ICC,” the International Criminal Court.

  Then came the mechanics, the plumbing of news at the UN. The UNTV cameras had already been packed up after the Council's Yemen meeting.

  Inner City Press took out a camera and asked Bamba a few questions, about the killing of internally displaced people and the UN's seeming cover-up. It seemed better, to the Free UN Coalition for Access, to try to get the real UNTV camera.

  They said, call the spokesperson. Five minutes later the announcement went out: “Ambassador Youssoufou Bamba, Permanent Representative of Cote d'Ivoire to address press at the Security Council Stakeout shortly.”

  Some other reporters, who had skipped the Council's Yemen meeting in favor of the chaotic annual general meeting of the decaying UN Correspondents Association, straggled over, to ask Bamba about Mali and not his own country, Cote d'Ivoire.

   A reporter from Benin, however, asked about Charles Ble Goude - will he now be tried in The Hague? Bamba cited complimentarity.

  Inner City Press asked, but does the Ouattara government want to prosecute Ble Goude itself, like Saif al Islam Gaddafi in Libya, or send him to the ICC?

  It is still being studied, Bamba said. He was asked to explain the timing. While he did not, it is not rocket science: Laurent Gbagbo's lawyers have argued that the ICC does not really have jurisdiction over Gbagbo, not being a member of the ICC.

  While an earlier, limited joining is cited, now the country has joined “in full.” What about the perpetrators at Duekoue, Inner City Press asked? What about them indeed. Justice means all sides. Watch this site.

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