The former President of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo has been acquitted by The International Criminal Court (ICC) and ordered to be released. Laurent Gbagbo was dragged to court for crimes against humanity regarding the eruption of violence following a disputed election in his country in 2010 were over 3000 citizens dead
in a judgement delivered today the ICC judges said the persecutors had failed to satisfy the burden of proof over the accusations.
About 3,000 people were killed in the West African nation in a violent standoff during 2010 and 2011 when the 73-year-old refused to accept defeat in an election against his bitter rival and now Ivorian President Alazzane Ouattara.
The ICC also ordered the release of Charles Ble Goude, 47, who was niknamed Gbagbo’s “Street General”, who stood trial along with his former boss.
Gbagbo and Ble Goude stood trial on four counts of crimes against humanity for murder, rape, persecution along with other inhumane acts committed by pro-Gbagbo forces in the aftermath of the disputed 2010 polls.