Cross posted from The Economist.
A PANEL of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague confirmed on June 12th that Laurent Gbagbo, a former president of the Ivory Coast, would stand trial on charges of murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence. These were allegedly committed in his name during the six months between his defeat in a presidential election in November 2010 and his ousting by force the following April. Unless an appeal is successful, he will be the first head of state to be tried in person before the court. That means he will probably be behind bars during presidential elections slated for October next year.