Ex-Ivorian leader Gbagbo acquitted of war crimes, to be freed
15 January 2019 | 2:35 pm
International Criminal Court judges on Tuesday (January 15) acquitted former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo of all war crimes charges and ordered his immediate release in a blow to prosecutors who have lost other major cases in recent years.
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