US News acquitted by international justice, former President Gbagbo returns to Côte d'Ivoire

06:20  17 june  2021
06:20  17 june  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

in Côte d'Ivoire, the rain as a power cuts

 in Côte d'Ivoire, the rain as a power cuts © Issouf SANOGO Part of the hydroelectric dam of Ayameé, in southern Côte d'Ivoire, May 28, 2021 "We have no water ", notes, helpless, the head of the hydroelectric dam of Ayame (south): In Côte d'Ivoire, it is necessary to wait for the rainy season to end in part with the untimely electricity cuts that shake the country since April.

Laurent Gbagbo , the former president of Cote d ’ Ivoire , who was recently acquitted of war crimes charges by the International Criminal Court, was scheduled to return on June 17, 2021. However, the government announced on June 9, 2021 that it would not allow his The population hopes that his return will help to calm spirits and above all to create a favorable climate which leads to a frank political dialogue. The return of Gbagbo is far from being the final act of reconciliation, but it is an important step towards reconciliation. It was time for the Ivorians to overcome their rivalries and animosities to

Former President of Côte d ' Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo has been cleared of crimes against humanity in Côte d ’ Ivoire by the International Criminal Court (ICC), it announced on Tuesday. | The development relates to bloody clashes in the West African nation that claimed a reported 3,000 lives following the 2010 election in which current President Alassane Ouattara defeated Mr. Gbagbo . In June, the Court – which has more than 15 other cases that are either ongoing or yet to commence, including against Mr. Gbagbo ’s wife, Simone – overturned the war crimes conviction of Jean-Pierre

Des partisans de l'ex-président Laurent Gbagbo lors d'une manifestation en prélude à son retour en Côte d'Ivoire, à Mama le 13 juin 2021 © SIA Kambou supporters of the former President Laurent Gbagbo during a protest in prelude on his return to Côte d'Ivoire , in Mama on 13 June 2021

Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo is expected Thursday in his country that he had been forced to leave ten years ago, a return allowed by his acquittal of crimes against humanity by justice International and by the green light of its rival The President Alassane Ouattara, on behalf of the "national reconciliation".

Laurent Gbagbo depuis sa candidature à l'élection présidentielle ivoirienne de 1990 © Camille Camdessus Laurent Gbagbo Since its application for the Ivorian presidential election of 1990

Laurent Gbagbo, 76 years old, returns by a regular flight from Brussels where he has lived since his acquittal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in January 2019 , confirmed on appeal on March 31st. Landing is scheduled for 15:45 (local and GMT) in Abidjan.

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After his acquittal in March by the International Criminal Court (ICC), President Alassane Ouattara announced that his predecessor and rival Laurent Gbagbo was free to return to Ivory Coast. After 10 years away, Gbagbo is expected to arrive in Abidjan on Thursday from Belgium where he's stayed From the above, the issue, the real challenge for Côte d ' Ivoire today, is national reconciliation and the return of Mr. Laurent GBAGBO should contribute enormously". The ruling RHDP party has declared that it is not opposed to the return of the Popular Ivorian Front party leader but has advised against

Supporters of Laurent Gbagbo rally outside the international criminal court in The Hague on The court in The Hague acquitted Laurent Gbagbo and his former youth minister of all charges and She said: “My office is vigorously dedicated to doing its part, with the plight of the victims in Côte d ’ Ivoire After returning , he lost the 1990 presidential vote and spent six months in prison in 1992 for his role

It will be welcomed at the presidential pavilion of the airport, put at its disposal by the Head of State, by leaders of his party, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI). Dozens of notables should be present.

After arrival, the former president will go to the district of Attoban, where his former Campaign QG is located for the 2010 presidential election, according to a REIT release which invites "the members of the party management "To go there to welcome him.

Between the airport located in the south of Abidjan and Attoban in the North, its procession will cross several neighborhoods where the crowd should be able to massage to acclaim it.

"There were no restriction instructions" gatherings from the government, said AFP Justin Katinan Koné, spokesman for Laurent Gbagbo.

Côte d'Ivoire: an Ivorian soldier killed during an attack in the north-east of the country

 Côte d'Ivoire: an Ivorian soldier killed during an attack in the north-east of the country video: Ivory Coast: at least one soldier killed after an attack in the north of the country (France 24) Your Browser Does Not support this video © AFP Photo / Sia Kambou An Ivorian soldier in the neighborhood of Yopougon, December 2012 (image of illustration). An attack took place Monday night in northeastern Côte d'Ivoire. According to the chief of staff of the armies, a soldier lost his life. The attack took place in the locality of TOUGBO not far from the Burkinabè border.

Côte d ’ Ivoire ’s former president Laurent Gbagbo on 15 January 2019. Peter Dejong/Pool via REUTERS. He is now totally free. Acquitted definitively on 31 March by the International Criminal Court (ICC), Côte d ’ Ivoire ’s former president Laurent Gbagbo is now planning his return home from Brussels, where he lives. Accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, which left more than 3,000 people dead, the Ivorian former president was arrested on 11 April 2011 in Abidjan by President Alassane Ouattara’s forces.

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Ivorian government says it will pay the travel expenses of former President Laurent Gbagbo , and Charles Blé Goudé, his former youth minister, both of whom were acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), government spokesman Amadou Coulibaly, said on Wednesday at the end of the council of ministers. "Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé are free to return to Côte d ' Ivoire whenever they wish," said the spokesman, .

The Government spokesperson Amadou Coulibaly confirmed Wednesday that "if there was any prohibition, it would be made public". He added that Laurent Gbagbo would have "right to all that he is entitled", suggesting however that no minister would be present at the airport.

Un groupe de victimes de violences post-électorales en Côte d'Ivoire en 2010 manifestent contre le retour de Laurent Gbagbo dans son pays, à Abidjan le 10 mai 2021 © Issouf Sanogo A group of victims of post-election violence in Côte d'Ivoire in 2010 show against the return of Laurent Gbagbo in his country, in Abidjan on May 10, 2021

"The executive will play his role," a- he assured.

The magnitude of the welcome of the former president was at the heart of the recent negotiations between the power and the REIT: the first wishing that it is without "triumphalism", the second it is popular by allowing the Many of his supporters are present in the streets of Abidjan.

The stake is the safety of Mr. Gbagbo himself but also to avoid any overflow and violence with the two camps do not want.

Côte d'Ivoire: Three soldiers killed at the border with Burkina Faso

 Côte d'Ivoire: Three soldiers killed at the border with Burkina Faso © Reuters - Luc Gnago An Ivorian soldier stands in front of the entrance to the new academy against terrorism, to Jacqueville, June 10, 2021 . A vehicle of the army jumped on an improvised explosive gear this Saturday, June 12th. Three soldiers were killed, according to the general chief of the armies, General Lassina Doumbia. It happened in Tehini, on the night from Saturday to Sunday, in the area where an Ivorian soldier has already died at the beginning of the week, after a jihadist attack.

Mr Gbagbo was captured in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and French-backed forces supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara. He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC. The prosecution at the ICC has also failed in its attempts to build successful cases against former DR Congo Vice- President Jean-Pierre Bemba, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. On the other hand, the ruling demonstrates the judges' independence and impartiality and makes it harder to push the narrative, popular among those who fear the long arm of the ICC, that the court is a biased

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool). The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has ordered Côte d ’ Ivoire to reinstate the ex- president on the Acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Netherlands, of crimes against humanity charges, Gbagbo , 75, is living in Belgium pending the outcome of an appeal against the ICC ruling. His lawyers maintain that he can’t return to Côte d ’ Ivoire because the Ivorian authorities

people started manifesting their joy before his arrival. "Tomorrow, there will be no more than songs, praises," says a resident of the popular Yopougon district, considered pro-Gbagbo.

- "Sacred Union" -

The opposite, his opponents still believe that he has precipited his country into Chaos by refusing his defeat against Alassane Ouattara to the presidential election of 2010. This refusal has caused a serious post- election, during which some 3,000 people were killed.

Des partisans de l'ancien président ivoirien Laurent Gbagbo, dans le quartier de Yopougon à Abidjan, le 16 juin 2021. © John Wessels supporters of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, in the Yopougon district in Abidjan, June 16, 2021.

Mr. Gbagbo, in power since 2000, was arrested in April 2011 in Abidjan and transferred to The ICC in The Hague.

of the victims' associations of this crisis denounce "impunity" and have planned to demonstrate Thursday in Abidjan.

His relatives ensure that he returns without a revenge of revenge but to work to the policy of "national reconciliation".

Côte d'Ivoire, still bruised by two decades of politico-ethnic violence, "must be found," says Adou, Secretary General of the REIT.

J-2 Before the return of Laurent Gbagbo: Divergent Reviews among Victims

 J-2 Before the return of Laurent Gbagbo: Divergent Reviews among Victims © François MAZET / RFI Victims' demonstration in Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire, Monday, June 14, 2021, two days before the return of Laurent Gbagbo. . Ten years after his transfer to the ICC, the former president acquitted accusations of crimes against humanity that weighed against him, will find his country on Thursday afternoon. This return is differently appreciated by the different associations of victims of political violence.

"It is now in danger of destabilization by jihadists," he added, after attacks against the army who have recently killed four soldiers in the north, at the border with Burkina Faso.

a notice shared by the writer and journalist Pro-Ouattara Venéance Konan, who wrote this week in an editorial of the daily Pro-Government Fraternity morning that, "above all, we must make the sacred union" and unite "our efforts to deal with terrorists ".

L'ancien président ivoirien Laurent Gbagbo, lors d'une audience à la Cour pénale internationale, à La Haye le 19 février 2013 © Michael Kooren Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, at a hearing at the International Criminal Court, in The Hague on 19 February 2013

Laurent Gbagbo remains under a conviction in Côte d'Ivoire at twenty years in prison for the "steering" of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) during the 2010-2011 crisis.

By announcing early April that he was free to return to Côte d'Ivoire, Mr. Ouattara had not mentioned this conviction but the government suggested that it would be lifted.


Mali: Dignitaries arrested after the last coup in detention or under surveillance .
© PHOTO / FRANK FRANKLIN II, File The former Malian Prime Minister Moctar Ouane, (image of illustration) Five old dignitaries arrested After the end of the end of May are still detained or in residence supervised in fact, according to their relatives or according to themselves. In this last category, the former president of the transition BA N'Daw and former Prime Minister Moctar Ouane fear their health.

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