International Criminal Court appeals judges have delayed the release of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, ordering that he should be held for at least two more weeks despite being acquitted on charges of atrocities.
Gbagbo, who has spent seven years in custody in The Hague, was found not guilty on Tuesday over allegations of involvement in election-related violence in 2010 and 2011 in which around 3 000 people were killed.
The trial judges ordered that he be set free, refusing a request by prosecutors to extend his detention while they appeal the case.
But the 3-2 decision yesterday by a five-member appeals panel means Gbagbo and his co-defendant, former Youth Minister Charles Ble Goude, will continue to be held, at least until the appeals panel has reviewed the trial chamber’s decision to release them. A new court date was set for February 1. — Al Jazeera.