Simone Gbagbo faced charges of crimes against humanity following her husband’s refusal to hand over power to Alassane Ouattara, who won a 2010 election
THE International Criminal Court (ICC) has dropped its arrest warrant for Cote d’Ivoire’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo (pictured) over post-election violence that killed thousands in 2010-2011, according to a decision made public.
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.
More than 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.
In March, the ICC acquitted Laurent Gbagbo of crimes against humanity and he returned to Cote d’Ivoire on June 17, after 10 years behind bars in The Hague, where the ICC is based, and then in Belgium.
Simone Gbagbo was not handed over to the ICC, but an Ivorian court sentenced her to 20 years in prison in 2015 for undermining state security.
She was freed on August 8, 2018 following a presidential amnesty.
President Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo met on Tuesday for the first time in more than 10 years, after which Ouattara said that the turmoil was ‘behind us.’
However reconciliation was not on the cards for the Gbagbo couple – Laurent Gbagbo sought a divorce upon his return to Cote d’Ivoire citing the 72-year-old Simone’s ‘consistent refusal over the years to agree to an amicable separation.’
They married in 1989 and have two daughters.
The 76-year-old Gbagbo currently lives with Nady Bamba, a 47-year-old former journalist.
Press Release 1. Obaseki is not a respecter of the Rule of Law....Read more
Kano APC Congress: “National Headquarters Says We Conduct Most Authentic, Credible Election — Ganduje
By ABDULLAHI RABIU, Kano KANO state governor Dr ABDULLAHI Umar Ganduje has said the National Secreatariat of the APC under...Read more
Don’t Deprives Northern Nigeria From Contesting Presidential Seat In 2023– Hon Mazoji To Edwin Clark
By ABDULLAHI RABIU, Kano A ONE time Senatorship Candidate on the platform of People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Funtua, Katsina...Read more
Prof Sylvester Odion Akhaine Writes Second Epistle To Floundering Governor Godwin Obaseki Of Edo State
My Dear Obaseki, I am pleased to write you this open letter once again due to some disquieting developments in...Read more
Legacy PDP Responds. THE Legacy PDP read a publication where the newly elected All Progressive Congress, Edo State, Col. David...Read more
FORMER Cote d’Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo (pictured) on Sunday launched a new political party he hopes will return him to...Read more
UNLIKE Obaseki who is neck deep in fighting his party chairman, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi, and his predecessor, Chief Dan Orbih,...Read more
RESIDENTS of Anambra on Monday observed the sit-at-home despite the insistence of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that it...Read more
By Abdullahi Rabiu, Kano A GROUP, under the auspices of Osinbajo Awareness Campaign (OAC), has unveiled plans to mobilize 20...Read more
You’re A Noise Maker, Only Good At Lying,You Can’t Win In Your Polling Unit – Kwara Gov. Roasts Lai Mohammed.
ABDULRAHMAN Abdulrazaq, governor of Kwara, says Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has no political influence in his ward....Read more