Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Laurent Gbagbo faces the ICC in the Hague

Ivory Coast’s former President is at the International Criminal Court in the Hague this lunchtime for a pre-trial hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence to charge him with war crimes.  Laurent Gbagbo, the first head of state to be in ICC custody, faces four counts of crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the 2010-2011 post-election violence.  More than 3000 people were killed during 5 months of some of the worst fighting the West African nation has ever seen.  The hearing is expected to take at least 3 days.  The BBC's Tamasin Ford reports from Duekoue in the west of Ivory Coast – a town that saw much of the violence. To listen to this report, please click on this link.

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