Who Defends Accused War Criminals?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone sit on a bed at the Hotel du Golf in Abidjan after their arrest on April 11, 2011 Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone sit on a bed at the Hotel du Golf in Abidjan after their arrest on April 11, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)

Over the past few months, throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, there have been countless testimonies about the human rights abuses committed by dictators clinging to power. Protesters in Egypt and Libya have struggled to draw international attention to abuses of power in their countries by leaders Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gadhafi. In Ivory Coast, human rights observers warned of a possible genocide as hundreds were killed during Laurent Gbagbo's final weeks in power. But what happens to the leaders after they're ousted? And what's the role today of the International Criminal Court in pursuing these cases? 

We talk with Steven Kay QC, who's a made a career out of defending war criminals and dictators with long track records of human rights abuses. He served as the defense counsel for Slobodan Milosevic and was the first U.N.-appointed defense counsel to enter Rwanda to conduct defense investigations.

Guests:

Steven Kay QC

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Noel King

Comments [1]

Cornelia Horne from Atlanta

"It ain't" okay...weird to hear a Brit use bad grammar. He was in fact very honest in showing that his soul has a price. I am however disgusted by that notion. He may have a fancy law degree that taught him how to correctly interpret language & manipulate law & its many loopholes but where & when in the world are we going to truly implement an ethical agenda.
I feel like we are just watching these greedy men in power run this planet into the ground because the good guys (in power) have lost their backbone.

Apr. 19 2011 11:56 AM

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