AMSTERDAM – The International Criminal Court says it has unsealed an arrest warrant for a man from Ivory Coast suspected of four counts of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the aftermath of the country's November 2010 elections.
The Hague, Netherlands-based court said 40-year-old Charles Ble Goude is suspected of murder, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts committed between December 2010 and April 2011.
Pretrial judges said that forces loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo systematically targeted civilians who supported his opponent, current president Alassane Ouattara. The court's arrest warrant describes Ble Goude as a member of the "inner circle" of Gbagbo, who is in the court's custody. Ble Goude is suspected of having commanded recruits who participated in the violence.
Prosecutors say some 3,000 people died in postelection violence.