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Laurent Gbagbo back home in Ivory Coast after 10 years

– – Former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo has returned to his home country after ten years. He has been away, facing trial for crimes against humanity on the back of the brief civil war that took place in 2010 in Ivory Coast. The ex-president and his right-hand man Charles Ble Goude were acquitted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Judges dismissed an appeal by prosecutors over the 2019 decision to clear him and Ble Goude over the post-electoral violence. More than 3,000 people were…

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ICC upholds acquittal of ex-Ivorian president Gbagbo

Gbagbo’s trial started in January 2016, but three years later judges said they had found that prosecutors had “failed to satisfy the burden of proof to the requisite standard.” It was one of the ICC’s biggest failures since it was set up in 2002 as the world’s only permanent war crimes court. Prosecutors then appealed, focusing on what they said was a procedural error when judges in 2019 initially handed down the decision orally, and did not issue a full written judgement until months later. But the ICC dismissed the…

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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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