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World The ICC is examining the request for an appeal hearing against Laurent Gbagbo

08:50  22 june  2020
08:50  22 june  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Today, 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (" ICC " or "Court"), by majority, Judge Herrera Carbuccia dissenting, acquitted Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d'Ivoire in 2010 and

  La CPI examine la demande d'un procès en appel contre Laurent Gbagbo © Supplied by Le Point

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold hearings Monday to Wednesday to examine the request for an appeal hearing made by his prosecutor following the acquittal of crimes against humanity of the former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo .

Fatou Bensouda appealed in September 2019 against the acquittal pronounced in January of that same year against the former Ivorian president and one of his relatives, Charles Blé Goudé .

The appeal must demonstrate that the trial chamber committed errors of law and procedure which resulted in acquittal for all of the counts, said Ms. Bensouda.

The ICC is examining the request for an appeal hearing against Laurent Gbagbo

 The ICC is examining the request for an appeal hearing against Laurent Gbagbo © Reuters pool Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court, in The Hague, the Netherlands, on February 6, 2020. The Court International Criminal Court (ICC) holds hearings from Monday to Wednesday to examine the request for an appeal hearing made by its prosecutor following the acquittal of crimes against humanity of the former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo.

Case: The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo Situation: Situation in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. 12 December 2012, Judgment on the appeal of Mr Laurent Koudou Gbagbo against the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber I on jurisdiction and stay of the proceedings (2.54 MB | 40 Pages) ICC -02/11-01/11-321

Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo will stay behind bars at least until a fresh appeal hearing on February 1, despite his “The detention of Mr Laurent Gbagbo shall be maintained pending the consideration of the present appeal ” against his release, the ICC ’s appeals judges said in a statement.

The two men were found not guilty of crimes against humanity committed in 2010 and 2011 during the post-electoral violence in Côte d'Ivoire , which left 3,000 people dead. They were released on conditions in February 2019.

The Prosecutor of the Court, founded in 2002 to try the worst atrocities in the world, considers that the judges have acquitted them without correctly formulating and without consistently applying a standard of proof clearly defined.

This week's hearing will be "partially virtual," said the ICC, due to the current situation related to the Covid-19. It is not clear whether the acquitted will be physically present or if they will attend the proceedings by videoconference.

The judges will then decide at a "later stage" whether an appeal hearing should take place.

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The ICC judges will hear that possible request Wednesday morning at 4am ET. Ivory Coast suffered months of violence when Laurent Gbagbo , the Gbagbo was arrested a few months later and taken to the ICC court where he faced charges of crimes against humanity in the West African country

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Weakened

The stakes are high for the office of Ms. Bensouda, already weakened by the acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo and the former Congolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba , acquitted in 2018 of war crimes and crimes against humanity after spending almost a decade in detention.

In addition, the ICC is currently the target of virulent attacks on the part of the American president Donald Trump, who announced economic sanctions against members of the jurisdiction - including Ms. Bensouda - to dissuade her from prosecuting American soldiers for their involvement in the conflict in Afghanistan.

Recently, the ICC judges refused a request for unconditional release presented by Mr. Gbagbo, 75, who spent seven years in detention in The Hague before being acquitted.

However, they relaxed the conditions of his parole.

The ex-president is now authorized to leave Belgium, where he was under house arrest since his acquittal, provided that any country he wishes to go to agrees to receive him beforehand.

The political party he founded, the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), called on President Alassane Ouattara for "dialogue" in order to allow his return to the country.

Quickly, an association of victims of the post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011 expressed its "energetic opposition" to a possible return of the ex-president to Côte d'Ivoire.

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