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Judges say ICC competent to try Ivorian strongman Gbagbo

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    The International Criminal Court ruled on Wednesday against a challenge by Cote d’Ivoire ex-president Laurent Gbagbo’s lawyers on its jurisdiction to try him for crimes against humanity.
    “The chamber finds that the court has the jurisdiction over alleged crimes... including those committed since 28 November 2010 on the basis of (a) declaration of 18 April 2003,” by Cote d’Ivoire, the ICC said.

    Mr Gbagbo’s lawyers in late May challenged the Hague-based court’s competence to put the former west African leader on trial for alleged crimes committed after Cote d’Ivoire’s disputed polls in November 2010.

    The defence asked the court to rule that a declaration signed by Cote d’Ivoire in April 2003 recognising the court’s jurisdiction, would “not be relevant to the period covered by the allegations against Mr Gbagbo”.

    Mr Gbagbo’s defence also asked the international court to rule that his rights were infringed during the strongman’s eight-month detention in Cote d’Ivoire and in the course of his transfer to the ICC, making “a fair trial impossible”.

    However, the ICC’s judges on Wednesday found that the declaration, signed by Mr Gbagbo’s then Foreign minister Bamba Mamadou, recognised the tribunal’s jurisdiction for an indefinite period.

    Therefore, Cote d’Ivoire “accepted the jurisdiction of the court over events from 19 September 2002 onwards,” they ruled.