The Latest on Ivory Coast’s former leader at the ICC (all times local):

5 p.m.

International Criminal Court judges have ordered the conditional release of Ivory Coast’s ex-president and a former youth minister, more than two weeks after they were acquitted of involvement in deadly violence that erupted after their country’s 2010 election.

Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said Friday that former president Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude should be freed but did not immediately give details of the conditions of their release.

Gbagbo, who smiled broadly and waved to supporters in the court’s public gallery after the ruling, was not immediately released. Eboe-Osuji instructed court officials to identify a country willing to accept Gbagbo and Ble Goude.

Prosecution lawyers had urged judges to release the men only with conditions to ensure they return to the court for the appeals phase of their case.

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10:40 a.m.

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.

In this Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019, file image supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo celebrate outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
In this Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019, file image supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo celebrate outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
In this Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019, file image supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo celebrate outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
In this Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019, file image supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo celebrate outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
In this Jan. 15, 2019, file image, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)
In this Jan. 15, 2019, file image, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)
In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 image, former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo waits for the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)
In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 image, former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo waits for the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo celebrate outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, after judges ruled that Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, supporters of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo celebrate outside the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, after judges ruled that Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

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