ICC Rejects Gbagbo Appeal

Posted December 12th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court in the Hague has ruled that it has the jurisdiction to try former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on charges of crimes against humanity.

The court Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the former president, who was arrested in 2011 and is in custody at the Hague. Mr. Gbagbo faces four counts of crimes against humanity stemming from his alleged role in the violence after he lost the disputed 2010 presidential election to current president Alassane Ouattara.

Mr. Gbagbo's arrest marked an end to months of fighting that killed 3,000 people and displaced more than one million as he struggled to hold on to leadership of the country.