The International Criminal Court on Tuesday said judges had ordered former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo to remain in detention during his war crimes trial.
Judges said Gbagbo presented a flight risk and has a “network of supporters” that could obstruct or endanger trial proceedings if he were released.
Gbagbo’s defence team had requested provisional release but judges said they failed to propose “concrete and solid” conditions that would ensure Gbagbo’s continued presence at the trial.
Gbagbo is accused of four counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts allegedly committed during post-electoral violence in Cote d’lvoire.
This happened when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat by rival Alassane Ouattara.
His trial began in January 2016. This week prosecutors called former Army Chief, Philippe Mangou to give evidence.