Monday, December 5, 2011

Former Ivory Coast Preident arrested

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court confirmed former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo had been detained in The Hague Wednesday, following his arrest on charges of crimes against humanity and transfer from Ivory Coast overnight.

"Mr Gbagbo allegedly bears individual criminal responsibility, as indirect co-perpetrator, for four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and other inhuman acts, allegedly committed in the territory of Cte d'Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011," the ICC said in a statement.

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was arrested by the International Criminal Court this week on charges of murder, rape and other serious crimes against humanity.   The 66-year old former leader is the first head of state to be arrested by the court in all of its nine-year history.

"About 3,000 people were killed and more than a million displaced in a four-month civil war after Gbagbo refused to cede power to Ouattara in an election he lost late last year."


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