Ex-Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo denied temporary release

By Editorial Board - 9 September 2015 at 12:41 pm
FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo attends a confirmation of charges hearing at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. Judges at the ICC say on Thursday, June 12, 2014, there is sufficient evidence against former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo that he must stand trial.  Gbagbo is charged with orchestrating violence carried out by his supporters after Ivory Coast's 2010 elections. He denies wrongdoing. A date for his trial has not yet been set. (AP Photo/Michael Kooren, Pool, File)

AP Photo/Michael Kooren, Pool, File

The ex-Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo requested temporary release on health ground but it has been rejected by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, on Tuesday.

The 70-year-old man is accused of plunging his country into civil war due to the fact that he refused to give up his presidency after losing the presidential run-off election in 2010.

He was arrested in April 2011 and has since been detained in The Hague from November the same year. He was arrested in the Ivory Coast and is due to go on trial on November 10 this year.

The ninth review of his detention by the court gave a ruling on Tuesday saying “the appeals chamber found that it was not unreasonable for the trial chamber to find the existence of Mr. Gbagbo’s support network posed a risk to abscond or obstruct investigation.”

In June this year judges accused him of four counts of crimes against humanist.

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