International Criminal Court judges on Thursday rejected a senior Ivory Coast politician’s claim for compensation after he was acquitted of involvement in deadly violence following elections in 2010.
Former Youth Minister Charles Ble Goude was cleared in 2019, along with former president Laurent Gbagbo, of responsibility for crimes including murder, rape and persecution following the disputed elections.
Judges halted the trial before defense lawyers had even presented evidence, saying prosecutors failed to prove their case.
Appeals judges upheld the acquittals last year.
Ble Goude’s laywers subsequently filed a written request for compensation, arguing that he was “the victim of a wrongful prosecution amounting to a grave and manifest miscarriage of justice.”