12 June 2014

Cote d'Ivoire: Ivory Coast's Gbagbo to Face Trial

Photo: ICC-CPI/AP Photo/Peter Dejong
Former president Laurent Gbagbo at his first appearance in the Hague Court.

The Hague — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is to go on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), judges said on Thursday.

The 69-year-old, who is the first former head of state to have appeared at the ICC, is facing charges of murder, rape, attempted murder and persecution.

In the 131-page ruling, judges found there were "substantial grounds to believe that Gbagbo was criminally responsible for the crimes committed during the civil war, where 3,000 people were killed, after losing the presidential election in 2010".

Gbagbo has been in custody since 2011.

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