Belgium says willing to receive ex-Ivory Coast president
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium says it is willing to receive Ivory Coast's ex-president Laurent Gbagbo after he was released from International Criminal Court custody but is still discussing the details of his stay.
Foreign affairs spokesman Karl Lagatie said Saturday that Belgium had "in principle accepted to receive" Gbagbo but details would be worked out "in the coming days."
Ex-Ivory Coast leader released by international court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ivory Coast's ex-president and a former youth minister were released from International Criminal Court custody Friday, more than two weeks after they were acquitted of involvement in deadly violence that erupted after their country's 2010 election.
The Latest: Lawyer says Ivory Coast ex-minister free soon
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on Ivory Coast's former leader at the ICC (all times local):
A lawyer for former Ivory Coast youth minister Charles Ble Goude says he expects his client to be freed in a matter of hours after the International Criminal Court ruled that he should be granted conditional release.
Will Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo, acquitted at ICC, return home?
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The acquittal at the International Criminal Court of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo on crimes against humanity is making waves in the West African nation where some celebrate his pending release but others fear a repeat of the deadly 2010-2011 post-election violence that led him to The Hague.
ICC judges: Former Ivory Coast president must remain jailed
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo must spend at least another two weeks in detention at the International Criminal Court, despite being acquitted this week of involvement in deadly post-election violence.
Judges ruled Friday that Gbagbo and former government youth minister Charles Ble Goude must remain in custody until judges issue a decision on a prosecution appeal against their unconditional release.
Lawyers again urge ICC to release ex-Ivory Coast president
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers on Thursday again called for the immediate release of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and an ex-government minister from detention at the International Criminal Court following their acquittal this week on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence.
ICC judges say Gbagbo should be released following acquittal
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Wednesday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010.
Prosecutors have said they will appeal the acquittals once judges issue their written majority decision acquitting Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude.
ICC judges acquit former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Delivering a stinging defeat to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, judges on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and former youth minister Charles Ble Goude of responsibility for crimes committed following disputed elections in 2010, saying the prosecution failed to prove their case.
Dem’s lobbying work draws GOP ire in Mississippi Senate race
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans in Mississippi's intensifying U.S. Senate race are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later deposed and charged with crimes against humanity.
Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and a GOP campaign group have launched ads questioning whether Espy lied about his work for Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, who is on trial at the International Criminal Court. Fox News reported on Espy's lobbying work Thursday.
The Latest: GOP senator hits challenger over lobbying work
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate special election runoff in Mississippi (all times local):
As Mississippi's U.S. Senate race intensifies, Republicans are slamming Democrat Mike Espy's lobbying work for an African leader who was later charged with crimes against humanity.
ICC prosecutors urge judges to continue Ivory Coast trial
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors urged judges Monday to continue the trial of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a government ex-minister on trial for their alleged involvement in deadly violence that erupted after the country's disputed 2010 presidential election.
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's president has granted amnesty to former first lady Simone Gbagbo, who had been serving 20 years in prison for offenses against the state.
President Alassane Ouattara on state television late Monday announced he had granted amnesty to 800 political prisoners prosecuted for crimes connected to the 2010 postelection crisis.
More than 3,000 people were killed after ex-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges on Wednesday ordered a new review into whether former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should be released from detention while his long-running trial continues on crimes against humanity charges.
Presiding Judge Piotr Hofmanski said a five-judge panel unanimously upheld an appeal by the 72-year-old former president against the refusal in March by judges conducting Gbagbo's trial to release him from custody.
6 convicted in Ivory Coast hotel kidnappings, deaths
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A court in Ivory Coast has handed down sentences of up to 20 years in prison in connection with the 2011 deaths of four foreigners who were kidnapped from the Novotel hotel in Abidjan.
The downtown hotel was a popular spot with foreigners including international journalists covering the country's violence as ex-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power after losing the election.
Ivory Coast ex-president’s wife acquitted of war crimes
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — An Ivory Coast court on Tuesday found former first lady Simone Gbagbo not guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial on her alleged role in postelection abuses that led to the deaths of thousands.
Ivory Coast ex-rebel commanders promoted after mutiny deal
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast's president has promoted two former rebel commanders who sided with the government in talks to quell a mutiny earlier this month.
President Alassane Ouattara's office announced late Thursday that Lt. Col. Issiaka Ouattara would now lead the Republican Guard, where he was formerly second-in-command. It also said Lt. Col. Cherif Ousmane would move from the presidential guard to head an elite commando unit.
Ivory Coast votes for parliament, president seeks majority
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast residents are voting Sunday in a parliamentary election that the president hopes will maintain his strong majority despite challenges from the opposition.
Voting for the more than 1,300 candidates for 255 seats was slow Sunday, while security was high.
Ivory Coast mulls draft constitution on who can be president
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast lawmakers on Wednesday began reviewing a draft constitution that would alter a clause determining who is eligible to be president — one at the center of a political crisis that turned deadly.
President Alassane Ouattara, who once was barred from running for that office amid claims that he was a foreigner, presented the draft to the National Assembly. A referendum is planned for late October.