ICC Delays Trial of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo Due to Lack of Evidence

Laurent Gbagbo International Criminal Court
An African president illegally deposed then dragged before the ICC

AFRICANGLOBE – 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 Laurent 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 reporters 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.

Laurent Gbagbo was deposed by French and rebel fighters after a dispute over the results of the country’s 2010 presidential election.

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

Gbagbo is the first former head of state to be kidnapped and taken into the court’s custody. He was kidnapped in April 2011 by French 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.