ICC prosecutor to appeal against Gbagbo acquittal


The chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, said she will appeal against the release of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo.

The court acquitted Gbagbo on crimes against humanity charges in January, saying prosecutors had failed to prove any case against him. He was then conditionally released after seven years in detention.

“The appeal will demonstrate that the trial chamber committed legal and procedural errors which led to the acquittals of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ble Goude on all counts,” Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office said.

Judges had cleared the pair “without properly articulating and consistently applying a clearly defined standard of proof,” said Bensouda.

Belgium agreed to host the ex-president after he was released in February under conditions including that he would return to court for any prosecution appeal against his acquittal.

Gbagbo, 73 faced charges of crimes against humanity over the over post-electoral violence in 2010-2011 that killed around 3,000 people.

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