Africa Judges reject release request by former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Judges reject release request by former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara delivers a speech during the Franco-African Forum at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, February 6, 2015.
Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara delivers a speech during the Franco-African Forum at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, February 6, 2015.

Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday rejected a request for the temporary release of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on health grounds.

Gbagbo, 70, is accused of plunging his country into civil war rather than relinquishing his grip on power after losing a presidential run-off vote in 2010.

His trial has been scheduled to start in November.

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