Justice Update : Please, Release Me Unconditionally

Laurent Gbagbo at a 6 February hearing at the ICC to hear observations on Gagbo’s request to the International Criminal Court judges to lift the conditions imposed on his release after his acquittal last year. (Photo ICC-CPI via Flickr)

Stephanie catches Janet up on the case of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo who appeared at the International Criminal Court last week to ask for all restrictions on his release to be lifted. Gbagbo and his co-accused Charles Blé Goudé were acquitted last year of charges of war crimes for post-election violence in 2010 and 2011 in Ivory Coast after Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat at the polls. But instead of being unconditionally released ICC judges ordered that they be released under certain conditions because the prosecution announced it would appeal the acquittal.

The defence wants all restrictions lifted, arguing that they violate the human rights of the defendants who were already acquitted. We chat about the hearing and the wider implications of the case.


This podcast has been produced as part of a partnership with JusticeInfo.net, an independent website in French and English covering justice initiatives in countries dealing with serious violence. It is a media outlet of Fondation Hirondelle, based in Lausanne, Switzerland.