Ivory Coast former first lady to be tried for crimes against humanity

The former first lady of Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo, is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 2010-2011 post-election crisis in the West African nation.

Bloody unrest after the 2010 elections left more than 3,000 people dead. Despite losing the election, Simone Gbagbo’s husband, then-president Laurent Gbagbo, refused to make way for the winner, current President Alassane Ouattara.

Simone Gbagbo will be tried in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan, while her husband is on trial on the same charges by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.  

On May 27, the supreme court in Abidjan rejected Simone Gbagbo’s appeal against a 20-year prison sentence handed to her last year for undermining state security during post-election violence.

She was tried alongside 78 other defendants allegedly involved in the crisis.

Last update: Tue, 31/05/2016 - 10:51

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