Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court have told judges they do not object to the conditional release of Ivory Coast’s former president and youth minister following their acquittals last month on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence.
Prosecution appeals lawyer Helen Brady told judges Friday that ex-president Laurent Gbagbo and former minister Charles Ble Goude can be released if conditions are imposed to ensure they return to court for hearings in the future. Prosecutors plan to appeal the acquittals.
Trial judges ordered the immediate release of Gbagbo and Ble Goude after their acquittals, but they have remained jailed amid wrangling over whether judges should impose conditions on their freedom.
Lawyers for the two men will address judges later Friday and are expected to demand their unconditional release.