The former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, has denied the civil conflict charges levelled against him after he lost in the 2010 presidential election.

 

Mr Gbagbo made the renunciation as he appeared at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the opening of his war crimes trial.

 

He is said to be the first former head of state to stand trial at the court in The Hague. Charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity were levelled against him.

 

ICC Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, accused the former head of state of orchestrating a ‘campaign of violence’.

 

Bensouda said that the trial was to reveal the truth, despite the fact that both Mr Gbagbo and his co-accused, former militia leader, Charles Ble Goude, claim to be innocent.

 

It would be recalled that the former President allegedly sparked a crisis in Ivory Coast in 2010, after he lost during the presidential election.

 

He was said to have refused to step down following his loss to Alassane Ouattara in the 2010 presidential poll.

 

About 3,000 people were said to have been reportedly killed in the crisis.

 

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