Gbagbo to stay in detention - ICC

2012-10-26 22:25

The Hague - Appeal judges at the International Criminal Court on Friday turned down former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo's request to be allowed to leave the Netherlands to await trial, saying he posed a flight risk.

ICC prosecutors say Gbagbo committed crimes against humanity during a four-month civil war in Ivory Coast in 2010, in which about 3 000 people died and a million were displaced.

"There can be no doubt the charges he faces, including crimes against humanity, rape, murder and other forms of sexual violence, are serious and may result in a lengthy prison sentence if he is convicted," Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, the presiding judge, told the court.

Gbagbo had asked the court for permission to go abroad to recover from ill-treatment he said he had received when he was in detention in Ivory Coast.

The conflict in Ivory Coast started because Gbagbo refused to stand down after losing the 2010 presidential election to rival Alassane Ouattara.

Gbagbo was captured by fighters backing Ouattara during the final battle for Abidjan and was later arrested and flown to The Hague to appear before the ICC.

He is awaiting a decision on whether he will be tried.

Earlier this month, a UN panel found Gbagbo's supporters had established a base in neighbouring Ghana from where they were working to destablise the Ivorian government.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-27 08:53

    The ICC is just a political tool of the EU and France, Ouattara is the real criminal.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-27 16:08

      . What aload of rubbish!!, You are soo confused !!! Quattara WON the elections, but like many African presidents, Gbagbo thought he was president for life.........He was WRONG !!! Are you cross, that after 2 weeks of tyranny, costing 3000 Ivorians their lives, the Frensch brought in some special forces, and literaelly carried this Gbagbo thug out of the presidential palace!!! And hours later , the killings stopped. By the way, the Chief Proscecutor of the ICC is Fatou Bensouda from.....Gambia!!! There are 33 African states that are a member of the ICC

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