By Hannatu Sadiq
Former Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of being biased during his first public address since his return from exile.
Mr. Gbagbo returned to his native village, Mama, for the first time in 10 years. He was speaking a day after his return to his village, where he had received a hero’s welcome from thousands of supporters.
He addressed some traditional chiefs and executives of his FPI party, in his family residence, where he accused the ICC of being biased.
It was the first time Gbagbo commented on the trial and his acquittal since his return to the country earlier this month.
“At first I was a little scared. I told myself that maybe my people had committed crimes and then they hid it from me. Because hey, I didn’t have a gun so if I was arrested it was because of FDS: A troublesome man had to be pushed aside. A troublesome competitor so I was put there,” said Gbagbo.
Gbagbo was able to return to his country earlier this month after having been acquitted by the ICC on charges stemming from electoral violence that claimed around 3,000 lives during 2010 elections.