Appeal date set for former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo at ICC

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Laurent Gbagbo

Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and youth leader Charles Blé Goudé will remain in jail until 1 February, according to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

That’s the date the court has set for the prosecution’s appeal against Tuesday’s ruling that Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé should be acquitted.

Both men had been charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed 2010 election that left 3,000 dead and 500,000 displaced.

During the political stand-off there were bloody clashes and targeted killings in the main city of Abidjan in the south, and several hundred were massacred in the western town of Duekoue.

The prosecution at the ICC in The Hague has failed in previous attempts to build successful cases against Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.