ICC drops arrest warrant for Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo

Friday - 30/07/2021 11:23
The International Criminal Court has dropped its arrest warrant for Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo over post-election violence that killed thousands in 2010-2011, according to a decision made public Thursday.
Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo, seen here in August 2020, faced charges of crimes against humanity following her husband's refusal to hand power over to Alassane Ouattara, who won a 2010 election. © Sia Kambou, AFP (file photo
Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo, seen here in August 2020, faced charges of crimes against humanity following her husband's refusal to hand power over to Alassane Ouattara, who won a 2010 election. © Sia Kambou, AFP (file photo

Simone Gbagbo faced charges of crimes against humanity—including murder, rape, inhuman acts and persecution—following her husband’s refusal to hand over power to Alassane Ouattara, who won a 2010 election.

Over 3,000 people died in the unrest.

“The chamber considers it appropriate to decide that the warrant of arrest for Simone Gbagbo shall cease to have effect,” the court said in a seven-page ruling seen by AFP and dated July 19.

“Good news for Madame Simone Gbagbo... she can now travel freely throughout the world,” her lawyer Ange Rodrigue Dadje said in a statement sent to AFP.

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