ICC Upholds Acquittal of Former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo

4/1/2021

The International Criminal Court on Wednesday upheld the 2019 acquittal of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and ordered all conditions of his release removed.

Prosecutors had argued that grave errors were made by war crimes judges, who found the prosecutors failed to prove their case against Gbagbo and co-accused former minister Charles Blé Goudé.

Trial judges acquitted both of charges of crimes against humanity they allegedly committed in post-election violence in Ivory Coast in 2010-2011. They ended the trial after the prosecution finished its case and before the defense began, saying evidence submitted was not enough to support a conviction.

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