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ICC to try I.Coast's Gbagbo for crimes against humanity

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo attending a pre-trial hearing on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on February 19, 2013The International Criminal Court said Thursday it will try Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during a bloody 2010-2011 election standoff. The pre-trial chamber “confirmed by majority four charges of crimes against humanity against Laurent Gbagbo and committed him for trial,” the court said in a statement of the much-anticipated decision. Gbagbo, 69, is the first former head of state brought before the ICC, where he is accused of masterminding a campaign of violence during the presidential vote standoff in the world’s largest cocoa producing country. He maintains that he was evicted in favour of his rival, current President Alassane Ouattara, thanks to a plot led by former colonial ruler France.

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