Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Laurent Gbagbo extradited to Hague

Laurent Gbagbo is being held in custody at The Hague airport

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been taken into custody at the International Criminal Court.

Gbagbo is being held in the court's detention unit close to the North Sea.

He arrived on board an Ivorian plane that landed at Rotterdam The Hague Airport on Wednesday morning.

No details have been released of the charges faced by Gbagbo.

However, the court's investigation focused on violence that erupted after he refused to accept defeat in last year's presidential election and nearly plunged Ivory Coast into civil war.

Gbagbo is the first former head of state charged by the court since it was established in 2002.

A filing posted on the court's website said he is charged with murder, rape, persecution and inhuman acts during violence which erupted after he refused to accept defeat in last year's presidential election and nearly plunged the country into civil war.

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