Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is now in Belgium under conditional release after being acquitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last month.

The conditions include that Gbagbo will return to court if required for a possible prosecution appeal against the acquittal and that the 73-year-old surrenders his passport to Belgian authorities.

On Saturday, Belgium said it would in principle host Gbagbo pending a possible appeal after he was cleared of crimes against humanity on January 15.

A spokesperson from Belgium’s immigration service said that Gbagbo confirmed he had been given a visa.

Belgian immigration office spokeswoman Dominique Ernould told the AFP news agency that they have given instructions to grant him a visa which allows him to stay for 90 days.

The former leader and his aide Charles Ble Goude had been staying in an undisclosed location since their release from an official detention centre late on Friday.

The delay in Gbagbo’s release was because prosecutors said he should be kept in detention pending a possible appeal against his acquittal, arguing that he would not return to the court if there was a retrial.

Appeals judges rejected the prosecution argument on Friday after Belgium said it was ready to host him.

-Aljazeera