By Eulalia Pascual I Lagunas
In January 2019, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court decided the acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé on charges of crimes against humanity for murder, rape and other inhuman acts in Côte d'Ivoire, during the presidential elections of 2010 and later. The acquittal was agreed because the prosecution did not provide sufficient evidence to prove the responsibility of the accused. In an argument that recalls the Bemba case, and the Ruto and Sang cases, the Chamber considers that the existence of a common plan to exercise violence to ensure power can not be proven, nor do there exist in the speeches of Gbagbo or Blé Goudé elements that could be interpreted as incitement or permissibility to exercise violence on the civilian population.
We note the decision of the Appeals Chamber. The Prosecution's position was that we would be amenable to release with a set of conditions attached. These conditions would be to ensure that Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé would be available before the Court should the trial proceedings against them continue.
Today, 1st February 2019, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "Court") decided unanimously that conditions are to be imposed on Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé upon their release to a State willing to accept them on its territory and willing and able to enforce the conditions set by the Appeals Chamber. These conditions are imposed to protect the integrity of the process. A written Judgment setting out these conditions will be made available later today.
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