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Blé Goudé case: Confirmation of charges hearing postponed to 29 September 2014
Situation: Côte d'Ivoire
The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé
Today, 1 September 2014, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided to postpone the commencement of the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé to 29 September 2014, at the Defence's request in order for the Defence to complete its preparation for the hearing previously scheduled for the 22 September 2014.
Decision on the "Defence request for a variation of a time limit"
Background: On 27 March 2014, Charles Blé Goudé made his first appearance before the ICC and Single Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi had initially set the date of the beginning of the confirmation of charges hearing for 18 August 2014.
On 22 March 2014, Charles Blé Goudé was surrendered to the ICC by the national authorities of Côte d´Ivoire on the basis of a warrant of arrest issued by ICC judges on 21 December 2011 and unsealed on 30 September 2013.
Charles Blé Goudé, national of Côte d'Ivoire, 42 years of age, allegedly bears individual criminal responsibility, as indirect co-perpetrator, for four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution, and other inhuman acts, allegedly committed in the territory of Côte d'Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011.
Further information on this case is available here
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