ICC judges have ruled that the indictment of war crimes and crimes against humanity against the two former Ivorian leaders has not been proven and have ordered their immediate release.
In September last year, Laurent Gbagbo’s lawyers lodged an application with the ICC Trial Chamber asking him to dismiss the case against his client and to order his dismissal. immediate release. The advice of the former Ivorian president said that “the evidence presented by the prosecutor against Laurent Gbagbo in the context of his case does not prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt”
Mid-December, a rumor circulated on social networks including the release of the two former Ivorian leaders. Soon, scenes of jubilation began in the streets of Yopougon, a suburb of the Ivorian capital deemed close to the former president. One of Laurent Gbagbo’s lawyers had said that his client was now free before denying the information shortly thereafter. To add to the confusion, a video since deleted even showed former first lady Simone Gbagbo also announce the release of her husband.
At the announcement of the verdict, several hundred people hailed this decision in Gagnoa, the hometown of Mr. Gbagbo. In most cafes and hotels, employees and customers watched TV to follow the announcement of the ICC decision. In the streets, the drivers leaned heavily on their horns to express their joy while supporters of Laurent Gbagbo sitting on the doors of vehicles expressed their satisfaction.
Article from AFRIC Editorial