The former president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, is facing judges at the Internatrional Criminal Court. He's implicated in mass killings and rape. Months of violence ensued as he refused to step down after losing a 2010 election.
The trial has begun for the former leader of the West African nation accused of various crimes during the war that began in 2011. His case is also seen as a major test for the ICC.
Ex-Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo faces charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague in connection with months of post-election violence that killed 3,000 five years ago.
Laurent Gbagbo, the first African head of state to stand trial for war crimes in The Hague, has pleaded not guilty. The trial, which will last months, will focus on Ivory Coast's postelection civil war in 2010-11.
The ICC's chief prosecutor has attempted to reassure people that the trial will "uncover the truth through a purely legal process." The former Ivorian president is the first head of state to be tried by the court.
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