Charles Blé Goudé will make a “sober” return to his native country on the morning of November 26, nine years after being arrested in Ghana and then transferred to the International Criminal Court, assured this November 24 Gervais Boga Sako, the president of his committee. ‘welcome. “The welcoming committee invites friends, relatives, activists, admirers or sympathizers to scrupulously respect them security instructions and the will of Charles Blé Goudé to facilitate this return which falls within the framework of reconciliation and national cohesion. There’s no point in going to the airport! he continued.
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This return is made with the approval of the Ivorian authorities who in May gave a passport to Charles Blé Goudé, 50 years old. Alongside Laurent Gbagbo, he was definitively acquitted in March 2021 by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague of alleged crimes during the post-election crisis of 2010-2011. But while Laurent Gbagbo was able to return in June 2021, Blé Goudé could not return to Abidjan, for lack of a passport. He remains under sentence of 20 years in prison in Côte d’Ivoire for acts related to the crisis post-election.