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Ex-Ivorian leader lands in Holland for ICC trial

11-30-2011 13:41 BJT

THE HAGUE, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Cote d'Ivoire's former president Laurent Gbagbo arrived in Holland Wednesday to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the African country's post-election killings.

Gbagbo, the first former head of state to be tried by ICC since the Hague-based tribunal was founded in 2002, would be put under ICC custody after his arrival at the Rotterdam aiport.

The trial resulted from ICC's one-month-old probe into the killings, rapes and other crimes committed during the four months of clashes between pro-Gbagbo forces and supporters of Alassane Ouattara, now the country's president that claimed more than 3,000 lives in Cote d'Ivoire.

Ivorian judiciary sources confirmed Gbagbo's departure for the ICC on Tuesday, hours after Gbagbo's lawyer Jean Gbougnon said an international arrest warrant has been issued on the ex-leader, who might be transferred to the ICC.

At least 80 associates of Gbagbo were also detained on charges of murder, economic crimes and threatening state security.

Gbagbo had been placed under house arrest since April 11 after the end of political impasse following the presidential run-off in November 2010.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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