Media Advisory: 31 January 2020

ICC Appeals Chamber hearing of 6 February 2020 in Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case: Practical information



The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold a hearing on 6 February 2020 (potentially extending to 7 February) to hear observations on the application of Mr Laurent Gbagbo of 7 October 2019, requesting the Appeals Chamber to reconsider its judgment of 1 February 2019  which imposed conditions on the release of Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé following their acquittal. 

The Prosecution, the Defence teams of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé, as well as the Office of Public Counsel for Victims and representatives of Republic of Côte d'Ivoire have been invited to present their observations before the Appeals Chamber, composed of Judges Chile Eboe-Osuji (Presiding), Howard Morrison, Piotr Hofmański, Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza, and Solomy Balungi Bossa. Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé have the right to be present at the hearing or represented by their Counsel.

This is an appeal separate from the Prosecutor's appeal against the Trial Chamber's acquittal of 15 January 2019.

Decision on the conduct of the hearing before the Appeals Chamber

Webstreaming of the hearing: 
The hearing can be followed (with a 30-minute delay) on the ICC website (Courtroom 1).

Attending the hearing:

  • Members of the diplomatic corps, NGOs and other members of the public can request attendance via email to: [email protected]. Attendees must present a valid passport or valid ID with a photo at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).
  • Journalists wishing to cover the hearing can request accreditation via email to: [email protected]. All journalists must present a valid press card, and a valid passport or valid ID with a photo, at the main entrance of the Court (at: Oude Waalsdorperweg 10, 2597 AK The Hague).

Please note that individuals who do not confirm their attendance in advance cannot be guaranteed access to the hearings. In order to avoid delays in accessing the building, those attending are advised to arrive one hour before the hearings start.

ICC Media Centre: 
For media representatives wishing to use the Court's media facilities, the Media Centre will open at 08:30. The ICC Media Centre is located in the building's 'Court Tower'. It is composed of hot desk areas, which can sit up to 104 people, and two interview rooms. The Media Centre distributes the video and embedded audio of the hearing, via HD-SDI with a female BNC connection. Journalists wishing to connect to this should bring compatible equipment and a BNC cable. Power is provided (European plug). Wi-Fi connection is available in the Media Centre.

AV materials: 
Filming or photography is strictly prohibited inside the Court building, apart from the interview rooms and the Media Centre area.

For information on audio-visual matters, please contact [email protected]

Parking facilities:
Media representatives can use the ICC's Visitor Parking.

SNG vehicles:  
The ICC Parking includes an area for SNG vehicles. BNC connections are available and the video format is HD-SDI with embedded Audio (8 dual mono pairs): Channel 1 – Floor language (international audio); Channel 2 - English interpretation; Channel 3 - French interpretation; Channel 4 - 8 - Other languages, or if no interpretation then Floor language will be sent.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

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