(THE HAGUE) ICC COURT REPORT: Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has returned home, 10 years after he was on charges of crimes against humanity #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewesReport – June.20: He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC but was acquitted of all charges:

ICC Aquittal Report: Ivory Coast’s ex-President Gbagbo returns home after living in the Belgian capital Brussels since his release from detention three years ago: His successor and rival President Alassane Ouattara invited him back

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo
Laurent Gbagbo was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC

Gbagbo and Blé Goudé Case

The Blé Goudé case and Gbagbo case were joined on 11 March 2015. The trial began on 28 January 2016. On 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I, by majority, acquitted Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. On 1 February 2019, the Appeals Chamber set conditions to be imposed on Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé upon their release to a State willing to accept them on its territory and willing and able to enforce the conditions set by the Chamber. On 16 July 2019, Trial Chamber I filed the written full reasons for the acquittal of  Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé. On 16 September 2019, the Prosecutor filed a notice of appeal against this decision.

On 31 March 2021, the Appeals Chamber confirmed, by majority, the acquittal decision of 15 January 2019.

Next steps: The acquittal of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé is now final. The Appeals Chamber revoked all conditions on the release of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé. The Chamber directed the ICC Registrar to make arrangements for the safe transfer of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé to a receiving State or States.

Questions and Answers on the Appeals judgmentEnglishFrench

Question and Answers on the acquittalEnglishFrançais

Transcript of the hearing, 15 January 2019: English, Français

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Jun.20: 2021:

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