Troubling Acquittal of Gbagbo and Blé Goudé at the ICC

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 

On January 15, 2019, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted Laurent Gbago, former President of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and his right-hand man, Charles Blé Goudé. By a majority of two to one, the judges held that there was insufficient evidence to place Gbagbo on his defense. Laurent Gbagbo, the first former head of state to be tried before the court, had been on trial for crimes against humanity in the post-election violence in this country.