Press Release: 2 October 2014

Blé Goudé case: Confirmation of charges hearing ends at ICC


Situation: Côte d'Ivoire
Case:The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé

Today, 2 October 2014, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Charles Blé Goudé came to an end before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague (Netherlands). The hearing started on 29 September 2014. The Judges granted the parties and participants additional time to complete, in writing, their oral presentations.

During the four-day hearing, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Defence were able to present their evidence to Pre-Trial Chamber I, composed of Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi (presiding judge), Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova and Judge Christine van den Wyngaert. The Legal representative of the victims also had the opportunity to present opening and closing statements. 

The Prosecutor and the Legal representative of victims will have until 10 October 2014 to complete their presentations by written submissions, to which the Defence can reply by 17 October 2014. Within 60 days from the receipt of the Defence's final submissions, the judges will issue their decision. The Pre-Trial Chamber may then:

  • confirm those charges in relation to which it has determined that there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that Charles Blé Goudé committed the crimes charged. In that event, the case will go to trial before a Trial-Chamber, composed of 3 other judges; or
  • decline to confirm those charges in relation to which it has determined that there is insufficient evidence and adjourn the proceedings against Charles Blé Goudé; or
  • adjourn the hearing and request the Prosecutor to provide further evidence or conduct further investigations or to amend any charge for which the evidence submitted appears to establish that a crime other than the crime charged was committed.

The Defence and the Prosecution can request authorisation from the Pre-Trial Chamber to appeal the decision.

Charles Blé Goudé 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.

Please find below links for the viewing and download of the closing statements.

Summary of the closing statements

(Audio channels : 1. Floor; 2. French)

  • Video (MPEG-4) for download, (94.4.6mb)
  • Audio (MPEG-3) for download, (16.3mb)

Office of the Prosecutor closing statements

  • YouTube (for viewing, Audio : French)
  • Video (MPEG-4) for download:
    • Audio channel: French, (354.5mb)   
    • Audio channel: Floor, (356.6mb)
  • Audio (MPEG-3) for download:
    • Audio channel: French, (69mb)  
    • Audio channel: Floor, (68.9mb)

Reinhold Gallmetzer, Trial Lawyer
Lloyd Stang, Trial Lawyer
Eric MacDonald, Senior Trial Lawyer

Legal Representation of Victims closing statements

  • YouTube (for viewing, Audio: French)
  • Video (MPEG-4) for download, audio channel: Floor, (236.6mb)
  • Audio (MPEG-3) for download, Audio channel: Floor, (36mb)

Paolina Massidda, Principal Counsel of the Office of Public Counsel for Victims

Defence closing statements

  • YouTube (for viewing):
  • Video (MPEG-4) for download:
    • Part 1:
      • Audio channel: French, (188.8mb)
      • Audio channel: Floor, (187.5mb)
  • Audio (MPEG-3) for download:
    • Part 1:
      • Audio channel: French, (33.7mb)
      • Audio channel: Floor, (33.5mb) 
    • Part 2:

Seth Engel, Defence Counsel
Claver N'Dry, Defence Counsel
Nicholas Kaufman, Defence Counsel
Charles Blé Goudé

Further information on this case is available here.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].

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