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ICC Prosecutor congratulates Soro in letter

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ICC Prosecutor congratulates Soro in letter
ICC Prosecutor congratulates Soro in letter
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo, has sent a letter to Guillaume Soro to congratulate him after his election as head of the Ivorian parliament. "I have the honor to extend my most sincere congratulations and those of my collaborators on your appointment as President of the National Assembly of Côte d'Ivoire," wrote the Argentinean magistrate. In this letter, dated 27 March 2012, the world's most powerful prosecutor invites the former head of the Ivorian government to continue judicial cooperation with his successor. "I want to reiterate my gratitude for your action and support for the work of my Office in Côte d'Ivoire, and I hope you will continue the same quality collaboration with my successor, Fatou Bensouda," says Ocampo. He added: "(...) I hope we will have the opportunity to see us in the coming weeks to continue the fruitful cooperation between your Government and my office." This is Guillaume Soro himself who took the initiative to publish on Wednesday 4 April on his Facebook page, this letter purports to be confidential. Since the mail is nowhere on the official website of the ICC, not even in the documents made available to the general public in "The Office of the Procesutor" section. Why is the president of the National Assembly putting the letter in the public arena? One is tempted to ask. With this letter, Soro would certainly show the national and international opinion that he has nothing to hide or be ashamed of, esspecially since the Prosecutor Ocampo has confirmed that he never made or attempted to obstruct investigations by the ICC on the Ivorian territory. The President of the Ivorian parliament would also prove to his detractors that he has nothing to fear from the ICC, given the quality of its relationship with the Prosecutor Ocampo.

The reaction of Gbagbo's lawyer

Here in this regard, the reaction of Ms. Lucie Bourthoumieux, Franco-Cameroonian lawyer of the former head of state. "This is proof of the vast neutrality of the ICC! Seriously, this calls into question the credibility of the ICC, which can only be redeemed simply by canceling the arrest warrant against President Gbagbo, " she protested .

African Diplomacy Staff
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