Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo greets his legal team as he enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 15, 2019, where judges acquitted Gbagbo and ex-government minister Charles Ble Goude for
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo greets his legal team as he enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 15, 2019, where judges acquitted Gbagbo and ex-government minister Charles Ble Goude for

THE HAGUE - International Criminal Court judges say former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010.
 

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo greets his legal team as he enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Jan. 15, 2019, where judges acquitted Gbagbo and ex-government minister Charles Ble Goude for
Jubilation Among Gbagbo Supporters, but Rights Groups Lament Justice not Served
In a stunning decision Tuesday, the International Criminal Court acquitted former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo of war crimes charges. The ruling amounts to another major setback for ICC prosecutors in the first case against a former head of state at the Hague-based tribunal.  The ruling comes amid growing doubts about the effectiveness of the ICC as a court of last resort' against the world's most heinous offenses. Gbagbo looked blank as he listened to the verdict of his acquittal at the…

Prosecutors have said they will appeal the acquittals once judges issue their written majority decision on Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude and asked judges not to release the men.
 
But Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser says a majority of the three-judge panel rejected the prosecution request, clearing the way for the men to be released once diplomatic formalities are completed.
 
Judges first ordered their release Tuesday after acquitting them on charges of crimes against humanity including murder, rape and persecution.
 
Prosecutors can appeal Wednesday's decision, potentially holding up the men's release.