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Ivory Coast: Ouattara says ex-leader Gbagbo can return home

– – Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara has said that his predecessor, the ex-president Laurent Gbagbo can return home. Ouattara said Gbagbo’s his right-hand man Charles Ble Goude can also return home after the duo were definitively acquitted of crimes against humanity. Last week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) upheld the acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo on crimes against humanity charges. Judges dismissed an appeal by prosecutors over the 2019 decision to clear him and his Charles Ble Goude over a wave of post-electoral violence. More than 3,000 people were killed in…

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African court rules Gbagbo qualifies to seek Ivorian presidency

– – Former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo has been declared worthy of seeking the Ivorian presidency. The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights ruled on Friday rejecting Gbagbo’s exclusion from the presidential elections slated for October 31. The Ivorian electoral commission had said that Mr. Gbagbo was not fit to stand for president due to criminal conviction. Mr. Gbagbo was sentenced in absentia in November 2019 for the “looting” of the Central Bank of West African States. He was convicted of the crime following a disputed 2010…

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ICC prosecutor appeals Laurent Gbagbo’s release

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda on Monday appealed the acquittal of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo’s freedom was granted by judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) early this year. He now stays in Belgium following his acquittal by the Court. That acquittal at the time was to be appealed by the prosecutors at the ICC. The judges at the ICC however agreed to release Mr. Gbagbo from detention under certain conditions. Mr. Gbagbo’s release was to be implemented provided he is accepted…

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