Master Altit, the chief advocate of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, spoke in columns of young Africa recently where he spoke about the temporary release of the former president of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI).
During this interview, Mr. Altit announced that by next December, he will introduce a new application for temporary release for his client Laurent Gbagbo. In case the application proves admissible, the legal man already says where Laurent Gbagbo will settle. For Mr. Altit, Laurent Gbagbo will live in Brussels with his wife and son.
The former head of state of Ivory Coast will stay in Brussels in case he gets provisional freedom in early 2018. It is no coincidence that Laurent Gbagbo chose Belgium. He plans to settle with his second wife Nadi Bamba, who lives there permanently with their son, David Al Raïs Gbagbo.
Emmanuel Altit will introduce a new application for provisional release, the time for the team of the prosecutor to present at the bar his last witnesses, the third of which was lacking.
Recall that Laurent Gbagbo was arrested in 2011 in the aftermath of the post-election crisis that shook Côte d’Ivoire. He was then accused of crimes against humanity and his justice minister Charles Blé Goudé. For some time defense lawyers have sought a temporary release of Laurent Gbagbo, whose state of health seems to be deteriorating considerably. It remains to be seen whether this umpteenth request will have a favorable response from the judge.