Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo will be judged for crimes against humanity
As reported by defence lawyer Mathurin Dirabou, Simone Gbagbo is due to face trial in Abidjan on April 25 on charges of crimes against humanity.
She had already been sentenced to 20 years in jail last year for “attacking state authority”. A decision directly linked to the 2010 violence which followed the presidential election her husband Laurent Gbagbo lost.
"Suspected of four counts of crimes against humanity in the context of post-electoral violence in Côte d’Ivoire between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011" which cost the lives of more than 3 000 people, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant of arrest in 2012 against her.
Despite the Hague-based court's requests to hand her over to stand trial alongside her husband, President Alassane Ouattara in February refused to send “any more Ivorians” to the ICC, claiming that his country's judicial system was able to provide justice.
None of Ouattara's supporters have been charged by the ICC so far, which has led Gbagbo's camp to denounce “victor's justice” – a view the president dismisses.