ICC refuses to allow pre-trial leave for Ivory Coast ex-president Dan Taglioli at 10:38 AM ET
[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Friday denied a request by former Ivory Coast president and alleged war criminal Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to leave the Netherlands for medical recovery while he awaits trial. Gbagbo had asked the court for allowance to leave [Reuters report] the Netherlands while he recovers from alleged maltreatment received while detained by national authorities in the Ivory Coast before being surrendered to the ICC [JURIST report] in November. Gbagbo is charged [ICC arrest warrant, PDF] with crimes against humanity on four counts including murder, persecution, inhumane acts and rape and other forms of sexual violence allegedly committed during the 2010 post-election violence in which Gbagbo lost but refused to cede power. Gbagbo's rival President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was declared the winner of the 2010 election and is now president. The ICC denied Gbagbo's leave request on determination that he posed a flight risk.
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