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ICC Prosecutors: bar ex-Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo from returning home

ICC Prosecutors: bar ex-Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo from returning home
FILE PHOTO: Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, January 15, 2019. Peter Dejong/Pool via REUTERS   -   Copyright  POOL(Reuters)
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday asked judges to bar former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo from returning to his homeland, a day after he was acquitted on all charges.

In a filing ahead of a hearing on Wednesday at which judges are expected to discuss the terms of his release, prosecutors said that if they appeal the acquittal, Ivory Coast might not ensure or be able to compel Gbagbo’s return to the Hague.

After Gbagbo’s arrest and extradition in 2011, Ivory Coast’s government has not cooperated with the court in other matters, prosecutors said in a statement.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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