International judges give reasons for Ivory Coast acquittals

Judges at the International Criminal Court have issued lengthy explanations for the decision to acquit Ivory Coast's ex-president on crimes against humanity charges for post-election violence in 2010

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Judges at the International Criminal Court have issued lengthy explanations for the decision to acquit Ivory Coast's ex-president on crimes against humanity charges resulting from postelection violence in 2010.

A third member of the trial panel filed a 300-page dissenting opinion on Tuesday. The documents will be studied carefully by prosecutors looking for possible grounds to appeal.

Judge Geoffrey Henderson wrote in a 961-page document that he was persuaded to acquit the two men mid-way through their trial "because the prosecutor's evidence, although plentiful, was incapable of supporting several key allegations."

The court subsequently ordered the two released