STATEMENT BY H.E. JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS, FORMER PRESIDENT OF GHANA, ON THE TRANSFER OF PRESIDENT LAURENT GBAGBO TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC)
I have learnt with dismay reports that deposed President Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire has been transferred to The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday, November 29th, following a speedy indictment, in total violation of relevant internationalcode of procedures and in total disregard for the demands of peace in Cote d’Ivoire. This transfer followed a procedure so hasty that it could be rightfully described as abduction. My suspicion grows even more, when the prosecuting attorney claiming to be targeting sixofficials in Cote d’Ivoire, unduly focuses on Gbagbo, the one who is least likely to escape due to his being already in custody.
This eagerness to indict and transfer Gbagbo, who did not run in the face of the bombing of his palace like a common criminal, defies logic and the quest for true reconciliation and sustainable peace in Cote d’Ivoire.
After fifty years of independence, Africa should have all the knowhow to bring justice to its own citizens and do away with imported justice.
What kind of prosecution would rather be in haste to bring to justice the victim of an attack, and be lenient on the perpetrator of the attack ?
No one is trying to evade justice. But when such justice is drenched in a sea of humiliation and abuses, so as to be governed by self-righteous hatred with its untenable logic, it only befits human conscience to stand up against it for the good of all.
We will not be silent about this because we must not be silent about it as participating members in this human drama.
Photo - dr Texte - Jerry Rawlings, former pdt of Ghana