The Gbagbo and Blé Goudé lawsuit could definitively end on February 1st. The appeal hearing requested by the prosecutor Fatou Bensouda could endorse the decision of “immediate release” of the two Ivorian prisoners, as rendered by the Trial Chamber.
The release of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé is becoming increasingly clear on the side of the International Criminal Court. The hearing on February 1 could lean in favor of the two Ivorians, held in detention despite their acquittal at trial on January 15 last.
Luz del Carmen Ibañez Carranza has just joined the dissenting opinion of Judges Howard Morrison and Piotr Hofmanski. At the first hearing of the Court of Appeal, these two judges had expressed an opinion favorable to the release of Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé. But they had to bow to the decision of the majority who campaigned for their continued detention.
Judge Carmen Ibañez Carranza denounced the lack of a clear and transparent procedure within the Appeals Chamber for appointing a president for each appeal. It also objects to the unequal division of the workload in the Appeals Chamber, which is prejudicial to the proper conduct of proceedings and the right to be tried without undue delay.
If Carmen Carranza maintains her position on February 1, the two Ivorians will have three judges in their favor against two, which is synonymous with liberation for them. That’s the wish of their defense teams.