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Gbagbo trial rekindles controversy in Africa over western justice

With former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo (poster) the first ex-head of state to be hauled into the dock at the world's only permanent war crimes court, some in Africa are lashing out at the ICC for allegedly pursuing Africans aloneThe groundbreaking war crimes trial in The Hague of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has rekindled a bitter row across Africa over the international justice system. With Gbagbo the first ex-head of state to be hauled into the dock at the world’s only permanent war crimes court on Thursday, some in Africa are lashing out at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly pursuing Africans alone. “It leaves me a bit puzzled to see former African leaders dragged before the ICC,” Babacar Ba, who heads a judicial forum in Senegal, told AFP.

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