Former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo waits for the judges to arrive at the ICC in The Hague
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during a civil war erupted following 2010 presidential election REUTERS

The trial of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has begun at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Netherlands. Gbagbo was charged with four counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, along with former youth minister and militia leader Charles Blé Goudé.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges that refer to the unrest that erupted in Ivory Coast following the 2010 presidential election.

After the election results, Gbagbo refused to accept Alassane Ouattara' s victory and is accused of having started a campaign of rape, intimidation and violence against opposition supporters.

At least 3,000 people were killed in the civil war spurred after Gbagbo refused to step down.