ICC rules Gbagbo to remain in detention for trial

Former Cote d’Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo

Former Cote d’Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo will remain in detention for the period of his trial against war crimes, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Tuesday.

According to the ICC judges Gbagbo presented a flight risk and has a “network of supporters” that could obstruct or endanger trial proceedings if he were released.

The 72-year-old’s defence team had requested provisional release, but the judges said they failed to present “concrete and solid” conditions that would guarantee Gbagbo’s continued presence at the trial.

The former president is accused of four counts of crimes against humanity, including rape, murder, persecution and other inhumane acts allegedly committed during the Ivorian post-election violence that occurred between December 2010 and April 2011.

Gbagbo had refused to accept defeat by his rival Alassane Ouattara – the current president of the cocoa producing nation.

His trial at the Hague-based court began in January 2016.

This week prosecutors called former army chief Philippe Mangou to give evidence.

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