Date set for Gbagbo pre-trial hearing

2012-12-17 14:07
Former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo. (AFP)

Former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo. (AFP)

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The Hague - Judges at the International Criminal Court will hold a hearing in February to decide whether evidence against former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is strong enough to put him on trial for crimes against humanity.

The charges against Gbagbo stem from murder and rape allegedly committed by his supporters in 2010 as he tried to cling to power following disputed presidential elections. Gbagbo insists he is innocent.

On Monday, the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal announced that the hearing on whether prosecutors' have enough evidence to merit putting Gbagbo on trial will take place on 19 February.

Gbagbo was extradited to the court in November last year.

The post-election violence in Ivory Coast, once considered one of West Africa's most stable democracies, left at least 3 000 people dead.

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