Ex-I Coast leader faces charges at ICC
19 February 2013, 15:31
The Hague - International Criminal Court prosecutors are
laying out evidence they say proves that former Ivory Coast president Laurent
Gbagbo is guilty of crimes including murder, rape and persecution in the
violent aftermath of his country's disputed 2010 presidential election.
Gbagbo became the first former head of state to be taken
into custody at the permanent war crimes court when he was extradited in
November 2011 to face four counts of crimes against humanity. He insists he is
The hearing beginning on Tuesday afternoon and scheduled to
run through February 28 is not a trial. Prosecutors will present a summary of
their evidence and judges must decide whether it is strong enough to merit a
Gbagbo's lawyers are expected to argue that the case should
not be heard at the ICC.