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International court confirms charges against former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Judges at the International Criminal Court say there is sufficient evidence against former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo that he must stand trial.

Gbagbo is charged with orchestrating violence carried out by his supporters after Ivory Coast's 2010 elections. He denies wrongdoing.

Prosecutors say he is responsible for murders, rapes, persecution and arbitrary detention of supporters of his political rival — now president — Alassane Ouattara, during five months of violence when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat.

Judges said Thursday Gbagbo has a case to answer. A date for his trial has not yet been set.

Gbagbo was ousted from power in April 2011 and incarcerated in The Hague. He will be the first former national leader to face trial at the permanent court for war crimes and atrocities.