Why the acquitted Gbagbo must fight to be free?

As the 2020 presidential campaign kicks off in Ivory Coast, former head of state Laurent Gbagbo, who was acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) more than a year ago, went back before the judges on Thursday 6 February, asking again for his unconditional release. Gbagbo remains under appeal from the prosecutor, who is asking for a retrial. In this new podcast, Janet Anderson and Stephanie van den Berg recap the reasons why an acquitted person at the ICC is not necessarily free.

Why the acquitted Gbagbo must fight to be free?
Laurent Gbagbo at a 6 February hearing at the ICC to hear observations on Gagbo’s request to the International Criminal Court judges to lift the conditions imposed on his release after his acquittal last year. © ICC-CPI
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Stephanie catches Janet up on the case of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo who appeared at the International Criminal Court last week to ask for all restrictions on his release to be lifted. Gbagbo and his co-accused Charles Blé Goudé were acquitted last year of charges of war crimes for post-election violence in 2010 and 2011 in Ivory Coast after Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat at the polls. But instead of being unconditionally released ICC judges ordered that they be released under certain conditions because the prosecution announced it would appeal the acquittal.

The defence wants all restrictions lifted, arguing that they violate the human rights of the defendants who were already acquitted. We chat about the hearing and the wider implications of the case.

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This podcast has been published as part of a partnership between JusticeInfo.net and Asymmetrical Haircuts, a podcast on international justice produced from The Hague by journalists Janet Anderson and Stephanie van den Berg, who retain full control and independence over the contents of the podcast.