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Though cleared of charges, ICC gives condition for release of ex-Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo

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Though cleared of charges, ICC gives condition for release of ex-Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ordered the conditional release of former Ivory Coast President Lauren Gbagbo after he was cleared of charges of crimes against humanity last month.

Reports say the ICC agreed to the release of Gbagbo, 73, and his aide Charles Ble Goude on condition that they live in a-yet-unspecified country pending an appeal by the prosecution.

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The former Ivory Coast leader has been in ICC custody since the year 2011, while Ble Goude has been held since 2014.

Both Gbagbo and Ble Goude have been tried on four counts of crimes against humanity for murder, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts committed by pro-Gbagbo forces in the aftermath of the disputed 2010 polls.

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