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I.Coast's Gbagbo tells ICC he 'fought for democracy'

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Thursday told the International Criminal Court which is weighing whether to charge him with crimes against humanity that he had always been pro-democracy. "All my life, I fought for democracy," Gbagbo told the court that will decide whether to charge him over 2010-2011 post-election violence in the west African nation that claimed over 3,000 lives.

I.Coast's Gbagbo tells ICC he 'fought for democracy'

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Thursday told the International Criminal Court which is weighing whether to charge him with crimes against humanity that he had always been pro-democracy. "All my life, I fought for democracy," Gbagbo told the court that will decide whether to charge him over 2010-2011 post-election violence in the west African nation that claimed over 3,000 lives.

Ivory Coast soldiers killing rivals, attacked camp - Amnesty

* Violence, impunity wrecking efforts for reconciliation * Raid targeted camp for war-displaced civilians * At least 14, and likely many more, killed By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Ivorian soldiers and allied militias are killing and torturing supporters of ousted president Laurent Gbagbo and took part in a deadly attack on a camp housing displaced civilians, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Amnesty International accuses I. Coast army of abuses

Ivory Coast's army has committed "widespread human rights violations" against supporters of ousted former president Laurent Gbagbo, Amnesty International said in a report published Tuesday. A restructuring of the Ivory Coast Republican Forces (FRCI), to incorporate former rebels, began after a violent post-electoral crisis which lasted from December 2010 to April 2011, claiming about 3,000 lives while Gbagbo refused to concede defeat at the polls to President Alassane Ouattara.

W.Africa court declines to call for release of Gbagbo's wife

A West African regional court on Friday declined to call for the release of the wife and son of ex-Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, who were detained following the former strongman's ouster in 2011. While the ECOWAS Court of Justice ruled that son Michel Gbagbo's detention was illegal, it said it could not call for his release since he was also being held on another accusation in Ivory Coast that it could not interfere with.

Gbagbo lawyer slams 'political trial' at ICC

Laurent Gbagbo's lawyer hit out at a "political trial" at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, where judges are to decide if the Ivorian ex-president should face charges of crimes against humanity. Gbagbo, 67, is the first former head of state brought before the ICC, where he is accused of masterminding a campaign of violence during a bloody 2010-2011 presidential election standoff in the West African nation in which over 3,000 people died.

I.Coast's Gbagbo 'responsible' for post-poll bloodshed, ICC hears

Ivorian ex-president Laurent Gbagbo bears responsibility for some of the worst crimes committed during a bloody post-election standoff in the west African nation two years ago, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday. "We will show that Mr Gbagbo and forces under his control are responsible for the death, rapes, serious injuries to, and arbitrary detention of countless law abiding citizens," Fatou Bensouda told judges at the Hague-based ICC.

UPDATE 2-Ivory Coast's Gbagbo in Hague court over poll violence

* Court to hear if accusations can lead to full trial * Gbagbo lawyers accuse court of victor's justice * Prosecutor promises Gbagbo will answer for actions (Adds prosecutor quotes, Gbagbo behaviour in court) By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo sat motionless as the International Criminal Court's prosecutor accused him on Tuesday of plunging his country into chaos in a bid to hold power after losing 2010 polls.

I.Coast's Gbagbo faces ICC judges over poll bloodshed

Ivorian ex-president Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday appeared before International Criminal Court judges who will decide whether there is enough evidence to try him for masterminding a bloody election standoff two years ago. Presiding judge Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi opened the confirmation of charges hearing while Gbagbo, the first former head of state before the court, greeted journalists and supporters in the gallery with a wave.

Ivory Coast's Gbagbo in court to hear if trial to proceed

* Court to hear if accusations can lead to full trial * Gbagbo lawyers accuse court of victor's justice * Ex-president watches proceedings expressionlessly By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A relaxed-looking former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo appeared in the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to hear whether accusations of crimes against humanity against him are strong enough for a full trial.
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