ICC Orders Ivory Coast To Hand Over Gbagbo’s Wife

Judges at the International Criminal Court, ICC, have ordered Ivory Coast to hand over wife of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, Simone Gbagbo, who is accused of crimes against humanity.

“After a thorough assessment the Chamber concluded that the Cote d’Ivoire domestic authorities were not taking tangible, concrete and progressive steps aimed at ascertaining whether Simone Gbagbo is criminally responsible for the same conduct that is alleged before the ICC,” the judges said on Thursday.

Ivory Coast has refused to hand her over, saying it was already investigating her on charges similar to the ICC’s in a domestic court.

In October the government announced it was postponing Simone’s trial but it did not give a date.

Simone Gbagbo has been in jail in Ivory Coast since the end of the crisis but the government has repeatedly refused to hand her to the ICC, arguing that its courts will guarantee a fair trial.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the violence preceding Gbagbo’s ouster from power.

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