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Former Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo 'fit for trial': ICC

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo attends a 2013 hearing on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The HagueFormer Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has been declared “physically and mentally able” to stand trial for crimes against humanity trial next year, the International Criminal Court said Friday. Three ICC-appointed experts “underlined a vast improvement in Mr Gbagbo’s state of health and observes that he no longer suffers from clinical post-traumatic stress syndrome or hospitalisation syndrome,” the Hague-based court said in a statement. Gbagbo, 70, and his former militia chief Charles Ble Goude, 43, are due in the dock on January 28, where they face charges of triggering political unrest after Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to bitter rival Alassane Ouattara in the 2010 elections.

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