Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo released to Belgium after ICC acquittal

Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo released to Belgium after ICC acquittal

Following his acquittal by the International Criminal Court (ICC), former president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, has now been released.

According to an ICC spokeswoman, Gbagbo is now on conditional release in Belgium, pending a possible appeal, BBC reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the former president was charged with crimes against humanity following the election of 2010, which claimed 3,000 lives and left 500,000 people displaced.

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After Gbagbo denied the charges, which he said were politically motivated, judges at the ICC ruled that he had no case to answer and ordered his immediate release.

According to court records, the judges thought there was "insufficient evidence" to convict the former president of crimes against humanity.

Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo was acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

He was captured in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and French-backed forces supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara.

ICC judges on Tuesday, January 15, ruled that he had no case to answer because the prosecution had not managed to prove several charges against him. They therefore ordered his immediate release.

Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser said the prosecution had "failed to demonstrate that public speeches by Gbagbo constituted ordering or inducing the alleged crimes".

Gbagbo's supporters whooped, cheered and threw their fists in the air in the public gallery following the announcement.

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The violence in Ivory Coast came after Gbagbo refused to accept that he had lost a disputed election run-off to Ouattara in 2010.

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