Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Hague-based the International Criminal Court (ICC) will begin confirmation of charges hearing against Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, on 18 June, 2012.
The decision was announced at the initial appearance, Monday, of ex-president Gbagbo before the ICC.
Gbagbo was arrested and promptly transferred to The Hague to face four counts of crimes against humanity for allegedly directing systematic attacks against his opponents.
Investigators said the former leader directed systematic attacks at political and religious opponents during the 16 December, 2010 and the 12 April, 2011, post-election violence in his country.
During Monday's appearance, attended by the Prosecution and the Defence, the former leader was represented by Emmanuel Altit.
The Pre-Trial Chamber III verified the identity of Gbagbo and ensured that he was clearly informed of the charges brought against him and of his rights under the Rome Statute of the ICC.
“A confirmation of charges hearing is held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed each of the crimes charged,” the ICC said.
If the charges are confirmed, the Pre-Trial Chamber will commit the case for trial before a Trial Chamber, which will conduct the subsequent phase of the proceedings.
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