Gbagbo released on conditions

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague has ordered the release on conditions of former Cote d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo after he was cleared of charges of crimes against humanity.

Judges agreed on to release the 73-year-old former leader and his aide Charles Ble Goude on condition that they live in a country which will agree to host them.

“… A state willing to accept them on its territory and willing to enforce the conditions set” by the court, the judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said.

Gbagbo and Ble Goude stood trial on four counts of crimes against humanity for murder, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts committed by pro-Gbagbo forces in the aftermath of the disputed 2010 polls.

Gbagbo has been in ICC custody since 2011, Ble Goude since 2014.

More than 3,000 people perished on both sides after Gbagbo refused to accept the defeat to his West backed-rival, Alassane Ouattara, who is Cote d’Ivoire incumbent president.

 

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