Former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo has been acquitted by the International Criminal Court(ICC) in the Hague.
Gbagbo who has been charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed 2010 election that left 3,000 dead and 500,000 displaced was captured in 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and French-backed forces supporting his rival, Alassane Ouattara.
ICC judges ruled on Tuesday that he had no case to answer and ordered his immediate release.
Prosecutors had failed to demonstrate “the existence of a ‘common plan’ to keep Mr. Gbagbo in power” which included crimes against civilians, or a “policy to attack a civilian population”, the ICC said.
Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser said the prosecution had also “failed to demonstrate that public speeches by Gbagbo constituted ordering or inducing the alleged crimes”.
However, Prosecutors can appeal after the court files its decision in writing.
Just a few minutes after the news broke, Ex-president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings took to his twitter account to express his excitements and support for Mr. Gbagbo.
BY: Adnan Osman