Gbagbo trial: Emmanuel Altit and Jean-Paul Benoit, eight years of a duel of lawyers in The Hague - JeuneAfrique.com

Since the beginning of Gbagbo's trial in The Hague, two lawyers have clashed in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court. Return on eight years of a fierce fight between Me Emmanuel Altit, who defended Laurent Gbagbo, and Me Jean-Paul Benoît, lawyer of the Ivorian State, who is also the personal lawyer of Alassane Ouattara.

On this night of 29 November 2011, while, in the greatest secrecy, a plane leaves Abidjan for The Hague, the Netherlands, the fate of Laurent Gbagbo rocking. While Mr. Altit learns that his famous client, charged with crimes against humanity, is transferred to the International Criminal Court, Mr. Benoit is at the helm alongside Alassane Ouattara, the new Ivorian president. With Luis Moreno-Ocampo, then prosecutor of the ICCthey will mount a case against the fallen head of state.

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