Ivory Coast: Ten years after the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo, what lessons can be learned from his trial?

Supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, during the announcement of his acquittal by the ICC, March 31, 2021. © AFP - SIA KAMBOU

By: Alain Foka

2 min

After seven years of detention in The Hague, former President Laurent Gbagbo and his minister Charles Blé Goudé were finally acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

They are now free to return to their homes in Côte d'Ivoire.

What lessons can be drawn from this judicial soap opera?

Should the two men be tried outside the Ivorian borders?

With the acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo, to whom should the 3,000 victims turn for justice to be done?

Who is guilty of all these crimes?


With our guests:

Willy Neth

, President of the Ivorian Human Rights League (LIDHO)  

Laurent Bigot,

former French diplomat and consultant

Maître Mamadou Ismaïla Konate

, lawyer at the Mali and Paris Bars, former Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice of Mali 

Kalifa Touré,

former member of the Control Committee of the Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI).


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  • Ivory Coast

  • Gbagbo trial

  • International justice

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