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Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo's war crimes hearing has been postponed until August 13.
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo's hearing in the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been postponed until August 13.
Gbagbo, 67, who faces charges of crimes against humanity, was to appear at The Hague on Monday, but the court said it would reschedule the hearing to August 13, according to CNN. The delay was requested by Gbagbo's lawyers in order for them to have time to prepare a more effective defense, as the hearing is to allow judges to hear from both sides in order to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
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ICC prosecutors have accused Gbagbo of crimes against humanity during a five-month civil war, reported Reuters. The fighting in the Ivory Coast came after Gbagbo refused to step down after losing a 2010 presidential election to current President Alassane Ouattara. About 3,000 people died during the five months and a million were displaced.
Gbagbo was arrested in April 2011 in his heavily fortified home by Ouattara loyalists, with UN and French military backing, according to Agence France-Presse. Since Ouattara became president last year, Ivorian authorities have filed several international warrants against former regime members living in other countries in the region, including Togo and Ghana.
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