Laurent Gbagbo is the first person to be arrested as a result of the International Criminal Court’s ongoing investigation into the situation in Côte d’Ivoire.
Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham said:
“I welcome the news that Laurent Gbagbo, the former President of Cote d’Ivoire, has been transferred today into the custody of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
“Laurent Gbagbo is the first person to be arrested as a result of the International Criminal Court’s ongoing investigation into the situation in Cote d’Ivoire. During the recent conflict there were well-documented allegations that serious crimes of international concern were being committed. It is vital for the future peace and security of the country that these allegations are fully investigated and that the victims of these crimes have the opportunity to see justice carried out. The transfer of Laurent Gbagbo to The Hague is a first step in that process and sends a powerful message that individuals, no matter who they are, cannot act with impunity.”