On July 19, the ICC Appeals Chamber will issue its ruling on whether or not to release Laurent Gbagbo on probation or under house arrest.
” The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will render its judgment on 19 July 2017 at 4:30 pm (local time in The Hague) on the Defense appeal against the Decision on Mr. Gbagbo’s Detention Trial Chamber I of 10 March 2017. The verdict will be delivered at a public hearing held at the ICC’s headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands, “according to a memorandum from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
It is recalled that on 10 March last, the Trial Chamber decided that Mr. Laurent Gbagbo should be detained. As a result of that decision, the Defense appealed ten days later. For the first time ever, the prosecution’s lawyers have spoken in a media interview about a possible provisional release of the former Ivorian president. Laurent Gbagbo is likely to be placed under house arrest in Europe.
The joint trial of Laurent Gbagbo and his right-hand man, Charles Blé Goudé, has taken place in The Hague since 28 January 2016. The two defendants are accused by the ICC of crimes against humanity such as murder, rape, Murder, and persecution perpetrated in the context of post-election violence in Côte d’Ivoire. Since then, Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé have been tried in The Hague.