Crimes Against Humanity: Former Ivory Coast Leader Acquitted
Dionne Searcey and Palko Karasz of The New York Times report that the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) has acquitted the former president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, and one of his aides of crimes against humanity.
Amnesty International said the verdict “will be seen as a crushing disappointment to victims of post-election violence in Cote d’Ivoire.”
The New York Times explained that, according to legal analysts, prosecutors “relied heavily on circumstantial evidence and failed to gather documentation that directly implicated the defendants . . . .”
See also ICC Press Release