Former Ivory Coast leader’s trial postponed


War crimes judges postponed the trial of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo by two months to give his defence more time to prepare.

Gbagbo is accused by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity during a four-month civil war that followed his refusal to stand down after losing a 2010 presidential election. About 3,000 people died in the conflict, and a million were displaced.

His lawyers requested a delay in proceedings in The Hague last week, saying they were short-staffed and were not ready for the trial, which had been due to start on June 18, Reuters reports.

They also said Gbagbo would not be healthy enough to attend proceedings unless he had more time to recover from ill-treatment he had received while in detention in Ivory Coast before being handed over to the ICC.

Judges agreed to a delay and set a trial date of August 13.