Belgium has accepted the International Criminal Court’s request to welcome former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to its territory, Foreign Ministry spokesperson told Belga Saturday. On Friday, the International Criminal Court (ICC) released Gbagbo conditionally, after he had been acquitted more than two weeks ago of crimes against humanity in 2010 and 2011, during post-election violence in Ivory Coast.
“Belgium has received the Court’s request for cooperation because of Laurent Gbagbo’s family ties in our country,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Karl Lagatie said. “Belgium supports international criminal courts, so we responded positively to this request.”
Laurent Gbagbo must remain at the Court’s disposal for the appeal’s duration, the ministry added.