Belgium to take in Gbagbo

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Belgium has agreed to take in former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo following his acquittal at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Saturday, February 2 according to reports.

“In response to a request from the International Criminal Court, Belgium has agreed to take in Laurent Gbagbo,” said spokesman Karl Lagatie, who added that he did not know if the ex-president was already in Belgium.

“That is also part of the framework of our support for international criminal jurisdictions,” he added.

The International Criminal Court finally freed Gbagbo on Friday, February 1, after his shock acquittal last month on charges of crimes against humanity.

He and his aide Charles Ble Goude had been cleared on January 15 over the wave of violence after disputed elections in the west African nation in 2010.

But he was initially kept in custody after prosecutors argued that if released, he might not return for a retrial if January’s acquittal was overturned on appeal.

He was released on condition that he stay in the host state until the court decides whether to let an appeal trial go ahead.


Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts as Demands for Regime Change Escalate

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On the evening before National Security Advisor John Bolton reiterated that “all options [including, presumably, military intervention] are on the table” regarding the situation in Venezuela, Twitter announced that it had joined the US-backed coup by taking down 2,000 accounts

The post Twitter Bans 2,000 Pro-Maduro Accounts as Demands for Regime Change Escalate appeared first on Global Research.


Uganda: 3-year-old girl loses 'genital' in UK

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A 3-year-old Ugandan born in the United kingdom, encountered the sharp blades of a ‘‘distasteful tradition’‘, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), leading to the arrest of her mother in the UK.

The 37-year-old mother from east London wept in the dock as she was convicted after a trial at the Old Bailey.

Spells and curses intended to deter police and social workers from investigating were found at the Ugandan woman’s home, the trial heard.

Prosecutors said the mother “coached” her daughter “to lie to the police so she would’t get caught”.

The defendants, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denied FGM and an alternative charge of failing to protect a girl from risk of genital mutilation.

Mrs Justice Whipple warned of a “lengthy” jail term as she remanded the woman into custody to be sentenced on 8 March.

During the trial, the woman claimed her daughter, then aged three, “fell on metal and it’s ripped her private parts” after she had climbed to get a biscuit in August 2017.

Medics alerted police to the girl’s injuries after they treated her at Whipps Cross Hospital, in Leytonstone.

She “lost a significant amount of blood as a result of the injuries they had delivered and inflicted on her”, jurors were told.

While the parents were on bail, police searched the mother’s home and said they found evidence of “witchcraft”.

Prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC said two cow tongues were “bound in wire with nails and a small blunt knife” embedded in them.

Forty limes and other fruit were found with pieces of paper with names written on them stuffed inside, including those of police officers and a social worker involved in the investigation.

“These people were to ‘shut up’ and ‘freeze their mouths’,” Ms Carberry said.


Stars of CBS’ FBI Admit They are Making Propaganda for the FBI

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Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki, two of the stars of the CBS drama FBI were asked about the government shutdown this week, and responded with a statement that sounds like it was written by the FBI's Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit. They talked about the FBI doing everything in its power to keep the US safe, and explained that this is why the TV show portrays the real-life FBI so positively.

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Ivorians fear 'blood spill' over Gbagbo's 'conditional' release

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Supporters of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo fear ‘blood spill’ in the country, following the International Criminal Court’s ruling to free him, but under conditions. Their dissatisfaction raged.

‘‘There is a risk that something could happen to Ivory Coast now because of the ICC and that is dangerous! The ICC could ruin Ivory Coast, it could spill blood! So the ICC needs to stop. Too much blood has been spilled in Ivory Coast and the ICC must not make more blood flow in Ivory Coast. We Ivorians we are fed up. We want the immediate return of Laurent Gbagbo to Ivory Coast for peace, just for peace said Jocelin Koutouan.

Others in the Capital Abidjan,expressed dissatisfaction,condeming the restrictions associated with the release.

‘’ Its not normal. I haven’t seen this anywhere in the world. Someone who has been acquitted, someone who has committed absolutely no, no, how do you call it, no crime! No Crime! And then they say conditional freedom! What kind of exceptional circumstances can possibly justify that? We are all lawyers! said Yves Boris.

What are they teaching us at school then? Its not normal. In any case, for me, the ICC (International Criminal Court) its not worth it, its not legal, its not worth it!’‘ he added.

The reading of a unanimous decision by a five-strong appeals panel, presiding judge Chile Eboe-Osuji ordered Gbagbo and co-defendant Charles Blé Goudé “to be released to a state willing to accept them on its territories”.
The two men were acquitted on 15 January of charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 2010-2011 post-election crisis.


Cameroon: Opposition party cancels Saturday protests

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The main opposition Movement in Cameroon called off demonstrations planned in several cities on Saturday, a party leader said, following a government ban on protests

“The MRC will not demonstrate today,” Emmanuel Simh, one of the MRC vice-presidents, told AFP on Saturday, with no further detail about the reasons for this decision.

The demonstrations planned in the capital Yaoundé had been banned by the regional head who, for “the preservation of public order”, asked organizers to renounce.

Maurice Kamto, president of the MRC and main opponent in Cameroon, since the October 2018 presidential election was arrested on Monday, two days after a wave of unauthorized demonstrations by his party in several cities in Cameroon, including Yaoundé and the economic capital Douala.

According to the party,he is in the custody of the Special Operations Group (GSO)

>>> LED ALSO: Cameroon : eight counts including that of rebellion against the opponent Kamto

Rising calls for “tribal hatred”

Mr. Kamto is accused of “rebellion”, “incitement to insurrection”, “crowding”, “hostility to the homeland”, “disturbance of public order, criminal association”, according to his lawyers.

The 200 people who were arrested a week ago, according to the party, are the subject of preliminary investigations for the same offences.

The National Communication Council (CNC), the sector’s regulatory body, noted on Thursday a rise in “calls for sedition or incitement to tribal hatred” in the media and on social networks. He called on “all actors in the media sector to demonstrate professionalism and responsibility in the collection, processing and dissemination of information intended for public opinion”.

Since the announcement of the presidential results at the end of October, several unauthorized demonstrations have been organized by the MRC against what it calls an “electoral hold-up”.

Maurice Kamto, lawyer, former Minister of Justice and former MRC presidential candidate, came second (14.23% of the vote) behind Paul Biya, re-elected for a seventh consecutive term with 71.2% of the vote, according to the Constitutional Council’s results.


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