Cote d’Ivoire: Ex-president Gbagbo wants unconditional release

Lawyers for Cote d’Ivoire’s former president Laurent Gbagbo argued on Thursday that he should be released without conditions while awaiting the prosecution’s appeal against his acquittal at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The ICC, the world’s first permanent war crimes court, acquitted Mr Gbagbo on crimes against humanity charges on January 15, saying prosecutors had failed to prove any case against him.

He was then conditionally released from detention after more than seven years in custody to Belgium.

He was not allowed to return to Cote d’Ivoire and has to remain in Belgium and report to the court whenever a hearing in his case is called.

“The defence is of the view that in principle no restriction should be placed on a person who has been acquitted,” Mr…

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