Prosecutor wants ex-I.Coast president and ally tried together

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo appears at a pre-trial hearing on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on February 19, 2013The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor asked judges Monday to combine the trials of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and his close ally Charles Ble Goude because their cases alleging post-election violence are nearly identical. “They shared a common plan or purpose and acted jointly to implement this plan, which led to the attack against the civilian population,” the top prosecutor at The Hague-based court, Fatou Bensouda, wrote in a filing. “It is in the interests of justice and judicial economy to join the cases against Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ble Goude,” said Bensouda’s petition. Gbagbo is alleged to have fomented a campaign of violence in a vain attempt to stay in power after being defeated in his bid for reelection by Ivory Coast’s current President Alassane Ouattara.

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