Ivory Coast's former president, Laurent Gbagbo, regains freedom after 7 years in ICC detention

ICC Judges acquit Laurent Gbagbo as prosecutor failed to satisfy the burden of proof and ordered his immediate release from prison.

Ivory Coast's former president, Laurent Gbagbo regains freedom
  • The ICC orders immediate release from Laurent Gbagbo from detention.
  • The court also acquits a former youth minister Charles Ble Goude.
  • The former Ivorian president was arrested in 2010 over his refusal to accept the result of the 2010 presidential vote.

The International Criminal Court on Tuesday, acquitted the Ivory Coast's ex-President, Laurent Gbagbo, 73, after spending seven years in detention over war crimes.

Judges Cuno Tarfusser (presiding), and Geoffrey Henderson, forming the Majority of the Chamber, in a ruling, said Gbagbo has been acquitted because the prosecutor failed to satisfy the burden of proof and ordered his immediate release from prison.

The court also acquits a former youth minister Charles Ble Goude along Gbagbo in The Hague on Tuesday.

“Furthermore, the Chamber concluded, by majority, that the Prosecutor failed to demonstrate that public speeches by Mr Gbagbo or Mr Blé Goudé constituted ordering, soliciting or inducing the alleged crimes. The Chamber decided that, accordingly, there is no need for the defence to submit further evidence,” the ICC said in a press statement seen by Business Insider SSA.

The court, however, said the prosecutor may appeal the decision after the full decision is filed .

Ivory Coast’s worst-ever crisis in 2010

The former Ivorian president was arrested in 2010 following a 5-month crisis fuelled by his refusal to accept the result of the 2010 presidential vote.

He was arrested by troops loyal to then-opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, supported by United Nations and French troops. The action paved way for the end of his administration in Ivory Coast.

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