Former Ivorian president arrives to face ICC

By REUTERS
November 30, 2011 06:41

 
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ROTTERDAM - Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, facing an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court, was transferred to The Hague on Wednesday, where he would be the first former head of state to be tried by the ICC since its inception in 2002.

The ICC, the world's first permanent war crimes court which is also pursuing Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and investigating alleged crimes in Kenya, Libya and Central African Republic, has so far declined to comment on the warrant.

The indictment is a victory for ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who has up to now struggled to get hold of some of his biggest targets.

The ICC opened an investigation last month into killings, rapes and other abuses committed during a four-month conflict in Ivory Coast triggered by Gbagbo's refusal to cede power to Alassane Ouattara in an election last year.

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