23 Jan ICC Acquittal of Gbagbo

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has been acquitted of all charges by the International Criminal Court after seven years behind bars on charges of crimes against humanity. Judges at the court have delivered the eagerly awaited judgment after Gbagbo's requests for an outright acquittal or conditional release. About 3,000 people were killed in the West African nation in a violent standoff during 2010 and 2011 when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in an election against his bitter rival and now Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. Last year former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba was also acquitted on appeal for crimes allegedly committed by his militia in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003. Our English service spoke to Amal Nassa, representative of the International Federation for Human Rights in the Netherlands who was in court when the judgment was handed down.

To assist us on this we are joined by:

• Sanusha Naidoo, is an expert on foreign policy and African politics

• Mothlabane Modupe, junior regional analyst for think-tank Political Economy Southern Africa
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