The 76-year-old arrived in Abidjan for the first time in nearly 10 years after being discharged from war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The plane carrying the former President of Côte d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo has landed in Abidjan, the country’s economic center.
The 76-year-old arrived from Brussels on a commercial flight on Thursday. This will be his first trip home since he was arrested nearly 10 years ago and then transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Gbagbo, who has been in power since 2000, was sent to the Hague court in 2011 after he refused to accept the election defeat by the current President Alassane Ouattara. In the months-long conflict, there were about 3,000 people were killed.
He was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, but was acquitted by the International Criminal Court in 2019.judge adhere to The ruling earlier this year paved the way for his return on Thursday.
Ahmed Idris of Al Jazeera reported from Abidjan Airport that a few hours before his arrival, the situation in the city was “quite tense” as many Gbagbo supporters tried to approach the location.
“The police have set up roadblocks in the entire area near the airport, and there have been some incidents of using tear gas to disperse people,” he said.
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