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ICC Gains Time to Build Case Against Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

  • Reuters

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo attends a confirmation of charges hearing in his pre-trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Feb. 19, 2013.

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo attends a confirmation of charges hearing in his pre-trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Feb. 19, 2013.

Judges at the International Criminal Court on Monday gave prosecutors until November to rescue their case against former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, saying the evidence now before them was not strong enough to merit a trial.

Judges gave prosecutors until November 15 to carry out further investigations and submit a new charge sheet. Prosecutors accuse Gbagbo, who will remain in detention in the Netherlands, of plunging his country into civil war instead of relinquishing power after losing elections in 2010.

Gbagbo, 68, is the only ex-head of state to have appeared at the court, whose credibility is at stake after a string of collapsed cases and criticisms from African leaders who accuse it of targeting Africans for prosecution.
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