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Ex-I Coast leader faces charges at ICC

2013-02-19 11:47

The Hague - International Criminal Court prosecutors are laying out evidence they say proves that former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is guilty of crimes including murder, rape and persecution in the violent aftermath of his country's disputed 2010 presidential election.

Gbagbo became the first former head of state to be taken into custody at the permanent war crimes court when he was extradited in November 2011 to face four counts of crimes against humanity. He insists he is innocent.

The hearing beginning on Tuesday afternoon and scheduled to run through February 28 is not a trial. Prosecutors will present a summary of their evidence and judges must decide whether it is strong enough to merit a trial.

Gbagbo's lawyers are expected to argue that the case should not be heard at the ICC.

Comments
  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-02-19 20:18

    Rubbish!

  • StefaneLandryGre - 2013-02-21 08:41

    Alassane Ouattara isnt what the world think he is as he does not like our country, he has a huge responsibility in the tragedy that shook our country since 1999. He now turns to be a peaceful leader when he was financing the rebels to attack our country. This rebel are now the Ivorian Army. Who is the real culprit in all that ??

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