Friday, July 01, 2011

Arrest warrant for Blé Goudé

An international arrest warrant has been issued for Charles Blé Goudé, one of Côte d'Ivoire's most notorious criminals. Blé Goudé (age 39) is the long-time leader of the 'Jeunes patriotes' (Young Patriots), a group that's little more than an armed gang affiliated with whichever political group claims the nationalist/xenophobic mantle. He was a close ally of the recently defeated president Laurent Gbagbo. The prosecutor accused Blé Goudé of inciting xenophobia and ethnic violence during the clashes in which Gbagbo supporters tried to cling to power following the election defeat.

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