THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court says Ivory Coast authorities have surrendered to the court a former youth leader wanted on crimes against humanity charges linked to postelection violence.
Charles Ble Goude, who also had been charged in Ivory Coast, has denied playing any role in the violence that left at least 3,000 people dead in 2010-2011. The ICC said in a statement Ivory Coast authorities turned over Ble Goude on Saturday and he was being transferred to the court's detention unit in The Hague.
On Thursday, Justice Minister Mamadou Gnenema Coulibaly said authorities intended to hand over Ble Goude to the ICC instead of trying him in local courts. Coulibaly cited Ble Goude's role in provoking violence against U.N. personnel during the conflict.
No date was immediately set for his arraignment.