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ICC Delays Trial Decision for Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

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The International Criminal Court has delayed a decision on whether it will put former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on trial for crimes against humanity.

ICC judges in The Hague Monday said there is not enough strong evidence against Gbagbo to merit a trial right now.

Gbagbo faces multiple charges stemming from his alleged role in deadly violence after he lost a disputed 2010 presidential election.

An ICC spokesman, Fadi el-Abdallah told VOA French-to-Africa that prosecutors must provide more evidence or conduct more investigations before a trial can go forward.

ICC judges gave prosecutors until November 15 to try to strengthen their case.

Gbagbo refused to cede power after losing a November 2010 run-off election to current President Alassane Ouattara.

The United Nations estimates that more than 3,000 people lost their lives in the civil war that followed. Thousands of people were displaced during the unrest.

Gbagbo is the first former head of state to be taken into the court's custody. He was arrested in April 2011 by forces loyal to Ouattara and then transferred to the ICC.

He will remain in the custody of the court as judges await a response from prosecutors.