OFF-HOOK: Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Returns June 17th

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IVORY COAST-SHIFTMEDIA- Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo plans to return home on June 17 following his acquittal on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC), a party official said Monday.

Koudou Laurent Gbagbo is an Ivorian politician who was the President of Côte d’Ivoire from 2000 until his arrest in April 2011. A historian, Gbagbo was imprisoned in the early 1970s and again in the early 1990s, and he lived in exile in France during much of the 1980s as a result of his union activism.

The ICC confirmed in March that Gbagbo and his sidekick Charles Ble Goude were in the clear over the devastating post-electoral violence that rocked the West African nation in 2010 and 2011.

Despite spending years behind bars in the Dutch city and waiting in Brussels for the decision of a 2019 appeal, the former President retains considerable support at home.

Gbagbo’s travel expenses will be covered by Ouattara’s administration, and steps will be made to guarantee that he obtains the perks and allowances afforded to past presidents, according to Alassane Ouattara at a cabinet meeting.

Gbagbo’s homecoming might be hampered further by a pending 20-year sentence handed down in absentia by an Ivorian court in November 2019 for misappropriating funds from the regional central bank

The Ivorian authorities have warned his supporters to avoid pomp when he returns on June 17 to avoid inflicting more pain on those whose relatives died during his reign. (Africanews)

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