Ivory Coast: plane carrying Laurent Gbagbo lands in Abidjan Ivory Coast News


The 76-year-old arrives in Abidjan after ICC judges confirmed his 2019 acquittal earlier this year on charges related to the 2011 post-election violence.

The plane carrying the former president of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, has landed in the country’s economic center, Abidjan.

His arrival on Thursday on a 76-year-old commercial flight from Brussels would mark his first return home since his arrest almost ten years ago and his subsequent transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC). .

Gbagbo, who has been in power since 2000, was sent to a court in The Hague in 2011 after the deaths of some 3,000 people in a month-long conflict following his refusal to accept electoral defeat at the hands of the Acting President Alassane Ouattara.

He was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, but was acquitted by the ICC in 2019. Judges confirmed the sentence earlier this year, paving the way for his return on Thursday.

Ahmed Idris, of Al Jazeera, a reporter from Abidjan airport, said the situation in the city was “quite tense” in the hours before his arrival, as many Gbagbo supporters tried to approach the place.

“Police barricaded the entire area near the airport and there were some incidents in which they used tear gas to disperse crowds,” he said.

More to follow.

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