Gbagbo only first to face charges over ICoast violence: ICC

30th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Ex-president Laurent Gbagbo will not be the last person to be brought to account over crimes committed in the Ivory Coast following elections, the International Criminal Court prosecutor said Wednesday.

"Ivorian victims will see justice for massive crimes: Mr. Gbagbo is first to be brought to account, there is more to come," Moreno-Ocampo said in a statement following Gbagbo's transfer to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he will face four counts of crimes against humanity.

The 66-year-old Gbagbo was remanded in the ICC's custody early Wednesday after being flown into the Netherlands from Ivory Coast.

He faces four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and other inhuman acts allegedly committed in the country after elections in December 2010, the court said.

The violence that followed Gbagbo's refusal to cede power after the poll in the west African country killed some 3,000 people according to the UN.

© 2011 AFP

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