After more than a month of interruption, the official calendar of the International Criminal Court fixed the new date of the trial of the former president of Cote d’Ivoire.
The joint trial of Laurent Gbagbo and his former youth minister, Charles Blé Goudé, will resume on 28 August at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
On judicial holidays since last July 22, ICC judges have resumed service on Monday, according to the calendar published on the official website of the institution.
On 19 July the Appeals Chamber of the International Court ordered the former Ivorian head of state to be held in prison, inviting the Trial Chamber to “re-examine” his refusal to grant him provisional release.
Last March, for the umpteenth request for provisional liberty lodged in favor of their client, Mr Gbagbo’s lawyers had been dismissed for the eleventh time by a majority of the judges responsible for ruling at first instance.
Laurent Gbagbo, 72, has been held in The Hague Penitentiary in the Netherlands since November 2011, when his co-detainee and former youth minister, Charles Blé Goudé, 45, has been there since March 2014.
The two men are prosecuted for four counts of crimes against humanity committed during the Ivorian post-election crisis from December 2010 to April 2011.
Several months after the opening of the joint trial in January 2016, the floor is still with the prosecution.