21 août 2011

EU General Court: President Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire has missed the deadline, Gbagbo, T-348/11

From 2000 to 11/04/2011 Mr Laurent Gbagbo, PhD in history (Paris Diderot), was the President of Côte d'Ivoire. After the elections held on 28/11/2010, the Electoral Commission declared that Mr Alassane Ouattara won with 54,1%, but the Côte d'Ivoire Constitutional Council found fraud and annulled results in 9 regions. In this manner President Gbagbo arrived at 51%. However the EU took the decision to recognise Mr Ouattara as a lawful President. Those events led to a civil war, and on 11/04/2011 the supporters of Ouattara arrested President Gbagbo.

On 06/04/2011 the EU Council declared the Government of President Gbagbo illegitimate and introduced sanctions (including personal ones). On the next day, the respective decision was published in the EU Official Journal. On 07/07/2011 Dr. Gbagbo filed an application for annulment of those measures. The EU General Court replied that he had missed the deadline that was on 01/07/2011, as calculated from the day of publication on 07/04/2011. The argument that no one told Gbagbo about those measures while he was occupied with the civil was in Côte d'Ivoire, didn’t work.

The day of publication in the EU Official Journal becomes thus an absolute start of the deadline calculation.

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