ICC ACQUITS FORMER IVORY COAST PRESIDENT LAURENT GBABGO

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    Judges at the International Criminal Court(ICC) has today January 15 acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble. Both men Stood trial on four counts of crimes committed against humanity for murder, rape, persecution and other Inhumane acts committed following disputed elections in 2010, were Gbagbo refused to accept that he had lost a disputed run-off to Ouattara. The violence left over 3.000 dead and over 500.000 displaced.
Gbagbo who was captured in 2011 by a joint task force became the first former president to go on trial at the international criminal court. His case was seen as a milestone in efforts to bring to justice even the highest-ranking leaders accused of atrocities.
The presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser ruled out the case for lack of evidence to prove several charges against both men. The judge said, prosecutors did not present evidence that Gbagbo and Ble Goude formulated a common plan for their supporters to unleash violence to keep Gbagbo in power.
After spending seven years in prison, Gbagbo will follow in the footsteps of his wife who also spend 7years in prison and escaped a 20-year jail term after jbeing granted amnesty by Ouattara in August 2018.
While Gbagbo supports are celebrating, tensions are growing in the country where close to 200 victims had gathered on Monday in Abidjan to urge the ICC to keep Gbagbo in jail. Some of the victims were heard lamenting that if Gbagbo is released, they will not see justice.
Meanwhile, Analysts say the development is a blow to the ICC’s reputation.
Citing that, whenever a case involving mass atrocities essentially collapses at the ICC, it does damage to the perception of the court as a credible and effective institution of international justice. Many now hold the opinion that the court is emerging as an institution where only rebels can be successfully prosecuted.

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