War crimes court postpones Gbagbo hearing to August
June 13th, 2012
02:52 AM ET

War crimes court postpones Gbagbo hearing to August

The International Criminal Court postponed a key hearing in the case against Laurent Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast president who is facing charges of crimes against humanity.

A confirmation of charges hearing originally planned for Monday is rescheduled to August 13, the court said in a statement. His lawyers asked for a delay to give them more time to prepare for an effective defense.

The hearing is to allow judges to hear arguments from both sides to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

Gbagbo is accused of crimes against humanity after he rejected election results and refused to step down when current president, Alassane Ouattara, was declared the winner in the 2010 poll. The standoff sparked months of violence between supporters of both sides, leaving thousands dead.

The former leader is accused of the crimes for actions committed by forces loyal to him during the standoff. He says he is innocent.

Former Ivory Coast president, Laurent Gbagbo, is facing charges of crimes against humanity.
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  1. Mary

    I'm waiting for Bush to be facing the International Criminal Court; that being the trial of the century... hands down!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. I'm Going To Change My Name With Every Post

    I agree, Mary. That would be the trial of the century! Add to that list Cheney and Rumsfeld, and you would have the trifecta of all trials.

    As for Gbagbo, he deserves a world of hurt for the harm he had unleashed on his citizens for refusing to give up his power, the little despot.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Allister crowlley

    Ah my children are on the run i see after all we have been through its wonderfull to run for the meal of eternal fire to cleanse you MARY and PHILLIPY

    June 14, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. P. Jensen

    I think it's important for us all today to question ourselves about what we hear or read...and search for the truth. Do you know the history or what has happend in Côte d'Ivoire the last 10 years? do you know what is happening right now?
    The real criminals, who have killed innocent ivorians the last 10 years, are the ones in office right now, still killing innocent ivorians, and UN and the rest of the world and people like you stand a side with closed eyes and cheer for xenocide. Gbagbo is in jail, but ivorians are killed everyday by the new presidents troops that the US and Europe prefered. I am a leaving proof, just got back, working for an organisation in the west of CI. To many killings in the eye of UN (supposedly peace keepers). I did not feel good as a foreignerto see.

    October 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |