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International Criminal Court says ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo is fit to face charges

The International Criminal Court has ruled that ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo is healthy enough to face crimes against humanity charges.

Gbagbo faces four charges — murder, rape, persecution and inhuman acts — linked to crimes allegedly committed by his supporters as he clung to power following 2010 elections.

A preliminary hearing to assess whether prosecutors have enough evidence to merit putting the 67-year-old on trial was postponed because of his ill health, details of which have not been released.

The court said Friday a panel of medical experts who assessed Gbagbo's health judged he was fit enough to take part in proceedings.

A new date for the evidence hearing has not yet been set.

Gbagbo, who was extradited nearly a year ago, insists he is innocent.