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International Criminal Court joins cases of former Ivory Coast president and youth leader


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — International Criminal Court judges have agreed to put Ivory Coast's former president on trial together with a former youth leader on charges of involvement in deadly violence that erupted after 2010 elections.

Laurent Gbagbo will now stand trial with Charles Ble Goude on charges linked to violence that left more than 3,000 dead in the West African nation after Gbagbo refused to accept his election defeat.

Both men are in custody at the court's detention unit in The Hague. Gbagbo's trial was to have started July 7, but judges scrapped that date in their decision Wednesday. They set up an April 21 hearing to begin planning for the joint trial.

The court says judges decided a joint case "is appropriate to ensure a fair and expeditious trial."

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