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ICC judges uphold decision to demand more evidence against former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

The International Criminal Court has upheld its decision not to confirm crimes against humanity charges against former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, and has told prosecutors to provide more evidence.

Judges first refused to confirm the charges of murder, rape, persecution and inhuman acts in June and said more evidence was needed before they could send Gbagbo to trial.

The appeals decision was announced Monday.

Gbagbo is the first former head of state to appear at ICC. Prosecutors alleged that he is responsible for crimes committed by his supporters against backers of his political rival — and now president — Alassane Ouattara in the aftermath of 2010 elections.

Ivory Coast authorities surrendered him Gbagbo to the Hague-based court in November 2011.