The International Criminal Court has postponed the start of the trial of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo until next year to give judges time to assess his health.

Judges ruled Wednesday that the trial that was due to start Nov. 10 will now get underway on Jan. 28.

They also scheduled a hearing starting Nov. 10 to question three experts who have assessed the 70-year-old Gbagbo's health and fitness to stand trial.

Gbagbo is accused of involvement in violence that left some 3,000 people dead in the aftermath of the 2010 presidential elections. He denies the charges.

He is being tried alongside former youth leader Charles Ble Goude, who faces similar charges.