A supporter of Former Ivory Coast's president Laurent Gbagbo makes the victory sign as he arrives at the Court of Justice in Abidjan, March 9, 2015. (AFP/ISSOUF SANOGO)
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The high-profile trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo was set to open Thursday five years after post-election violence wracked his nation, with supporters and foes aiming to shed light on the turmoil that left 3,000 dead.Gbagbo becomes the first ex-head of state to stand in the dock at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, in a case which will test the tribunal's avowed aim to deliver justice to the victims of the world's worst crimes.The international community, including former colonial power France, backed Ouattara as the winner, and Gbagbo was eventually arrested by Ouattara's troops aided by U.N. and French forces, and extradited to the ICC in 2011 .Gbagbo's wife Simone is also wanted for crimes against humanity by the ICC, but she was sentenced to 20 years in an Ivorian jail last year and the government refuses to hand her over.
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