ICC rules Gbagbo case insufficient

2013-06-04 18:38
Former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo. (Picture: AFP)

Former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo. (Picture: AFP)

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The Hague - The prosecution has not presented enough evidence to try former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on charges of crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court said on Tuesday.

The judges gave the prosecution more time to build its case, setting a deadline of November 15.

The court said that while it found the prosecution's case at this point insufficient to continue to trial, it was sufficient enough to prevent a dismissal of the charges.

Gbagbo faces four charges related to violence after the 2010 presidential election, in which about 3 000 people died.

Gbagbo, who is in the court's custody, refused to concede defeat to now-President Alassane Ouattara, prompting battles between supporters of the two politicians.

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