A party official on Monday has confirmed the home coming of the Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on June 17 following his acquittal on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC)
In March 2021, The ICC confirmed that Gbagbo and 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 enjoys considerable support at home.
Alassane Ouattara at a cabinet meeting said Gbagbo’s travel expenses will be covered by his administration, and steps will be made to guarantee that he obtains the perks and allowances afforded past presidents.
Despite these, Gbagbo’s homecoming might be hampered 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.