Ivory Coast Ex-President Gbagbo to Go to Belgium After ICC Acquittal

2/5/2019

Belgium has agreed to host Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo following his acquittal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Under his conditional release, Mr. Gbagbo will not be allowed to leave Belgium, pending an appeal.

Mr. Gbagbo was captured in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and French-backed forces supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara. He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC, where he was charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed 2010 election that left 3,000 dead and 500,000 displaced. However, ICC judges ruled last month that he had no case to answer and ordered his immediate release.

Prosecutors appealed and argued that the former leader presented a flight risk and might not return to The Hague for the appeal. This new decision sets out the conditions that Mr. Gbagbo needs to meet, which include surrendering his passport to the court, seeking its authorization to move beyond the borders of the host municipality, and not making any statements related to the case.

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