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The Hague: Former Ivory Coast leader, Laurent Gbagbo, a 'scapegoat'


A lawyer for former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has told International Criminal Court judges that prosecutors are making him a “scapegoat” for deadly violence that erupted after his country’s disputed 2010 elections.

Mr Gbagbo’s lawyer, Emmanuel Altit, claimed at a pre-trial hearing in The Hague that prosecutors are focused solely on one side of the post-election violence.

But they say they are conducting an impartial investigation into violence which resulted in 3,000 deaths.