A prominent headline in L'Inter said that lawyers for former president Laurent Gbagbo have welcomed the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to postpone the hearings of the Ivorian ex-leader. An article in this paper (p. 4) said that the court has postponed an August 13 hearing for the former president pending a decision on whether he is healthy enough to appear. The report also quoted a statement issued by the court that "at the request of defense lawyers, three doctors have been appointed to assess Mr. Gbagbo."
Meanwhile, Notre Voie carried a front-page headline claiming that "Gbagbo was tortured" during his detention in the northern town of Korhogo in Cote d'Ivoire before his transfer to The Hague on November 29, 2011.
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