The former militia leader accused of inciting attacks on civilians and UK soldiers during the Ivory Coast’s civil war after eight years in exile.
Exiled Ivory Coast militia leader returns
Charles Ble Goude, a former militia leader who was acquitted of crimes against humanity related to his role in Ivory Coast’s civil war, has returned from exile as politicians sought to reconcile after years of instability and conflict.
Hundreds of supporters wearing clothes printed with Ble Goude’s image sang and danced in the Yopougon suburb of Abidjan to welcome him home after eight years.
“My leader Minister Ble Goude will play an active part in the reconciliation process,” said Guillaume Dago, who was in the crowd in Yopougon.
The return of Ble Goude, following his acquittal by the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2019, is part of a wider rapprochement between old political factions in Ivory Coast that President Alassane Ouattara hopes will reduce political tension ahead of elections in 2025.