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General News of Wednesday, 16 January 2019

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Flashback: ‘Laurent Gbagbo will come back home’ – Prophet ElBernard to Gbagbo’s daughter


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Prophet of Spiritlife Revival Ministries, Bernard ElBernard Nelson-Eshun prophesied on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, to the daughter of former Ivorian leader, Marie Kipre, that her father, Laurent Gbagbo will be released from prison.

“Let me say it clear so that everyone will hear and everyone will write it down......your father will come back home......Laurent Gbagbo will come back home” he said during Prophetic Mysteries, Signs and Tokens, an annual programme hosted by the Prophet.

According to the Prophet of God, he had once prophesied to the daughter that her mother, Simone Ehivet Gbagbo, was going to come home after she was arrested by pro-Ouattara forces.

“The same way I spoke concerning your mum that your mum is home, I am telling you today, Laurent Gbagbo will come back home,” he stated.

Laurent Gbagbo release

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has acquitted Ivory Coast ex-President Laurent Gbagbo.

Mr Gbagbo was charged with crimes against humanity in connection with violence following a disputed 2010 election that left 3,000 dead and 500,000 displaced.

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".

Prosecutors can appeal after the court files its decision in writing.



Rawlings welcomes ICC ruling on Gbagbo

Ghana's ex-President Jerry John Rawlings believes the exoneration of Ivory Coast’s ex-President Laurent Gbagbo marks a new beginning for Ivoirians while blaming France and its western allies for his incarceration.

In a tweet, Mr Rawlings described Laurent Gbagbo as a ‘true African patriot’ who didn’t deserve to waste 8-years of his life at the ICC.

“A true African patriot is free. Laurent Gbagbo, despite his human weakness, did not deserve to have eight years of his life wasted by the machinations of France and Sarkozy, and their Western allies. I hope this will serve as a new beginning for Cote d’Ivoire –a source of unity, not division; strength, not weakness!”

He, however, called on Africans to pay the needed respect to all patriots who have fought for the liberation of the continent.

“While we celebrate, let us remember all who have sacrificed their lives for the true emancipation of Africa, our continent,” Mr Rawlings said.

Allegations levelled against Laurent Gbagbo

The violence in Ivory Coast, the world's biggest cocoa producer, came after Mr Gbagbo refused to accept that he had lost a disputed election run-off to Mr Ouattara in 2010.

The five months of violence that followed were described as some of the most brutal clashes the country had ever seen.

During the political stand-off, there were bloody clashes and targeted killings in Abidjan in the south, and several hundred were massacred in the western town of Duekoue.

Prosecutors said Mr Gbagbo clung to power "by all means" and charged him with four counts of crimes against humanity, murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and "other inhumane acts".

He denied the charges, which he said were politically motivated.

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