The ICC facilitates the conditions for the release of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé

The International Criminal Court on Thursday authorized former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and the former chief of the young Ivorian patriots, Charles Blé Goudé, to leave Brussels and The Hague under certain conditions.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Thursday, May 28, a modification of the release terms by Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé. Under house arrest in Belgium and the Netherlands, since their acquittal in January 2019 on charges of humanity and war crimes, the former Ivorian president and former chief of the Young Ivorian Patriots can now leave his country of residence, on condition.

Every country that the two men want to go to must especially agree in advance to receive them on its territory, says a spokesman for the court based in The Hague, which however declined the request for unconditional release presented by the former Ivorian head of state.

According to RFI, the two men will no longer be prevented from moving outside the boundaries of the municipality where they live. They will no longer have to hand over all identity documents they have, especially their passports, to the court office. They will no longer have to report weekly to the host State authorities or to the registry “, details radio on its website.

Request for exemption

Laurent Gbabgo’s lawyers had asked in early February for the court to grant him an unconditional release, arguing that “there can be no restrictions on the freedom of an acquitted person”.

While rejecting this request, the judges decided to terminate certain conditions imposed to release Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, especially those who would not move outside the state where they live and to hand over to any ICC any identity documents they have.

The other conditions, including conduct at the court when the latter orders it and inform the court and the recipient state of their address, remain in force.

Laurent Gbagbo and his co-accused Charles Blé Goudé had been released on terms, including the obligation to reside in an ICC Member State willing to receive them pending the appeal.

Laurent Gbagbo has since lived in Brussels, while Charles Blé Goudé has remained in The Hague.

With AFP