Ivory Coast's Gbagbo taken into custody at ICC

By MIKE CORDER | November 30, 2011 | 2:10 AM EST

FILE - In this April 11, 2011 file photo, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, center, and his wife Simone, are seen in the custody of republican forces loyal to election winner Alassane Ouattara at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The International Criminal Court on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 issued an arrest warrant for Ivory Coast's former strongman, who refused to accept his loss in last year's election and nearly dragged the country into civil war in a bid to stay in power. (AP Photo/Aristide Bodegla, File)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has been charged with four crimes against humanity and taken into custody by the International Criminal Court.

He is the first former head of state charged by the court since it was established in 2002.

A filing posted on the court's website early Wednesday says Gbagbo is charged with murder, rape, persecution and inhuman acts during violence that erupted after he refused to accept defeat in last year's presidential election and nearly plunged the country into civil war.