Tag: Laurent Gbagbo

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo Returns After Acquittal By ICC
Cote d'Ivoire, Judiciary, Justice, News

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo Returns After Acquittal By ICC

Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo returned home on Thursday for the first time in a decade after being acquitted by the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity, AFP journalists saw. Gbagbo, 76, arrived aboard a flight from Brussels to a tense atmosphere, with police using tear gas to disperse supporters near Abidjan airport. Gbagbo was forced out in April 2011 after a months-long conflict sparked by his refusal to accept electoral defeat by Alassane Ouattara, the current president. The short but bitter war claimed around 3,000 lives, divided the country along north-south lives and left traumatic memories that linger today. He was then transferred to The Hague for a lengthy trial on charges relating to the conflict. He was acquitted in January 2019...
Laurent Gbagbo Seeks to Return to Ivory Coast from Exile
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Laurent Gbagbo Seeks to Return to Ivory Coast from Exile

Former president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo plans to return to his home country after his passport was given back to him following his acquittal at the International Criminal Court in 2019, his lawyer disclosed. The former leader has been unable to return to Ivory Coast since his January 2019 acquittal at the Hague under the terms of his release, which required him to remain in Belgium after his passports were seized while awaiting judgment on an appeal, CGTN reports. Gbagbo’s counsel, Hahiba Toure said, “Laurent Gbagbo today received two passports, one ordinary and one diplomatic,” “He welcomes the act just taken by Ivorian authorities which, according to him, goes in the direction of appeasement.” The diplomatic passport can only be issued with the consent of Ivory Coast Pre...