#Temporary freedom of Laurent Gbagbo: the verdict on Tuesday


The ICC will make decisions on bail applications and acquittals on January 15, 2019.

Laurent Gbagbo, 73, has been in detention for seven years in The Hague, where the ICC is based .

The first former head of state to be surrendered to the court, he is being tried for crimes committed during the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, which killed more than 3,000 people in Côte d’Ivoire.

He is accused, as well as Charles Blé Goudé, former leader of the Young Patriots movement loyal to the former president, of four counts of crimes against humanity: murders, rapes, persecutions and other inhumane acts. Both pleaded not guilty.

After more than two years of trial, the two men’s lawyers demanded a total nonsuit last October, saying the prosecution’s elements were “insufficient” to prove the charges “beyond reasonable doubt”.

The defense said in November that the trial was based on a “distortion of history” and that prosecutors had distorted the facts about the violence in Côte d’Ivoire.

The lawyers filed a separate application for bail if the trial was to continue. At a hearing on this request in December, they argued that the former president, “old and fragile”, would pose no risk of flight.

In April, ICC judges rejected another bail application by Laurent Gbagbo, which was handed over to the Court in 2011.

Violence in Côte d’Ivoire killed more than 3,000 people in five months, between December 2010 and April 2011, during a crisis that was the result of Gbagbo’s refusal to yield power to rival Alassane Ouattara, who won the presidential election.


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