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Ex-president Gbagbo, Ivory Coast, after ICC acquittal to Belgium



  Laurent Gbagbo

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Laurent Gbagbo had been charged with crimes against humanity

Belgium has agreed to host ex-President Laurent Gbagbo in Côte d'Ivoire after acquitting the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Under his conditional release, Mr Gbagbo will not be allowed to leave Belgium unless there is an application.

He was the first former head of state to be tried before the International Criminal Court.

He was charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following controversial elections last year in which 3,000 people died and 500,000 were expelled. 1

9659007] Mr. Gbagbo was arrested in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN forces and France-backed forces supporting his rival Alassane Ouattara.

What was charged by Mr Gbagbo?

Violence in Côte d'Ivoire, the world's largest cocoa The producer came after Mr Gbagbo refused to accept that he had lost a controversial election campaign against Mr Ouattara in 2010.

The five months of violence that followed were described as the most brutal clashes the country had ever seen.

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During the political clashes in Abidjan in the South, bloody clashes and targeted massacres took place in the western town of Duekoue.

The prosecutors said that Mr. Gbagbo had "by all means" held power and charged him with four crimes against humanity, murder, rape, and other forms of sexual violence, persecution, and "other inhumanity". [19659007] He denied the allegations that he claimed were politically motivated.

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Victims of the 2010 post-election violence against Gbagbo's release

The judges of the International Criminal Court decided last month that he had no reason to answer and ordered his immediate release.

Will he be able to return home?

The prosecution appealed, arguing that the former leader had raised a flight risk and might not return to The Hague for appeal.

Friday's ruling sets the conditions that Mr. Gbagbo must fulfill – from handing over his passport to court, to allowing him to go beyond the boundaries of the host community – and not making any statements in connection with the case.

An International Criminal Court spokesman told the BBC that he could not confirm that Mr. Gbagbo had left the International Criminal Court.

A spokesman for the Belgian Foreign Ministry said he did not know if the ex-leader had arrived in the country. 19659029]
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