Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Turkish troops to go further into Syria, says foreign minister

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Court ruling expected on Gabon's contested election results

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Clinton's Comedy Turn

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Sarkozy's Populist Pivot, Bahamas Leaks, Syria Truce, Rome Olympic Bid (Part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US Police Shootings: Race relations and the race to the White House (Part 1)

Read more

#TECH 24

Breaking the wall between technology and people

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Rural France: Challenges and opportunities

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: In Burma, ex-political prisoners struggle to return to normal life

Read more

ENCORE!

Xavier Dolan: Wunderkind of Québecquois cinema

Read more

Africa

Gbagbo camp denies arrest of 'Street General' Blé Goudé

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2011-04-16

The whereabouts of Charles Blé Goudé, Ivorian strongman Laurent Gbagbo's hardline former youth minister and leader of the Young Patriots militia, remain unclear after reports of his arrest Friday were denied by Gbagbo's camp.

Following Ivorian strongman Laurent Gbagbo's arrest on Monday, the whereabouts of his key henchman, Charles Blé Goudé, were unclear following reports – later retracted – that he had been arrested.
 
The notorious leader of the Young Patriots militia, a hardline group of young Gbagbo supporters, Blé Goudé is also known as Gbagbo’s “Street General”.
 

Patrick Achi, a spokesman for Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, told AFP on Friday that Blé Goudé had been arrested a day earlier and was under house arrest. The news of his arrest was seen as a prize catch for the Ouattara administration following a violent, four-month-long post-election crisis that finally ended with Gbagbo’s detention on Monday.

 
But speaking to FRANCE 24 correspondents in the main Ivorian city of Abidjan later Friday, Affoussy Bamba, a spokeswoman for Ouattara, said the news of Blé Goudé’s arrest could not be confirmed.  
 
Toussaint Alain, a spokesman for Gbagbo in Paris, told Reuters on Friday that Blé Goudé had been arrested by UN forces, handed over to Ouattara forces and tortured.
 
A threat to Ouattara’s leadership?
 
A former student leader, Blé Goudé has been on a list of people targeted by a UN asset freeze and travel sanctions for his role in inciting violence and terrorising the foreign population in Ivory Coast during the 2004-2005 civil war.
 
Following the November 28, 2010, presidential election, which Gbagbo refused to concede, Gbagbo named Blé Goudé as his youth minister.
 
For the Ouattara administration, Blé Goudé represents a major threat to the security and stability of the deeply divided, war-torn West African nation.  
 
During the dying days of the Gbagbo regime, as forces loyal to the country’s competing presidents clashed in and outside of Abidjan, many members of Blé Goudé’s Young Patriots were armed and primed to fight Ouattara forces.
 

Date created : 2011-04-15

  • IVORY COAST

    Ivorian leader vows to restore prosperity to broken nation

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Violence still haunts the streets of Abidjan

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    What happens now to Laurent Gbagbo?

    Read more

COMMENT(S)