ICC wants more evidence before charging Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo attends a pre-trial hearing on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on February 19, 2013/AFP

, THE HAGUE, June 2013 -The International Criminal Court said Monday it wanted more evidence before deciding whether to try Ivorian ex-president Laurent Gbagbo for crimes against humanity for his role in a bloody election standoff two years ago.

“The pre-trial chamber adjourned the hearing on the confirmation of charges and requested the prosecutor to consider providing further evidence or conducting a further investigation” into the charges presented against Gbagbo, the court in The Hague said in a statement.

Gbagbo, 68, is accused of fomenting a wave of violence that swept the west African nation after he refused to concede defeat in November 2010 polls.

Four months of fighting followed, ravaging the world’s largest cocoa producer and leaving some 3,000 people dead, according to the United Nations, many of them perceived supporters of election winner and current Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara.

Gbagbo was captured in mid-April 2011 when Ouattara’s forces, with French and UN backing, overran his heavily fortified compound in the southern Ivorian economic capital Abidjan.

He was transferred into the custody of the ICC which had issued an arrest warrant against him some seven months later and has been held in the ICC’s detention unit in The Hague ever since.

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