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Entertainment Côte d'Ivoire: International Justice abandons Prosecution against Simone Gbagbo

09:05  30 july  2021
09:05  30 july  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Côte d'Ivoire: la justice internationale abandonne les poursuites contre Simone Gbagbo © AFP

S Imone Gbabgo is no longer pursued by international justice: the arrest warrant of the International Criminal Court against the former first Ivorian lady, accused of crimes against humanity during the 2010-2011 crisis was lifted.

"The Chamber considers it appropriate to decide that the arrest warrant against Simone Gbagbo ceases to be effective", writes the ICC, responding to a request from the Prosecutor, in a 7-page decision, dated July 19th and made public Thursday night.

"Good news for Ms. Simone Gbagbo (...), she will now be able to freely travel around the world," reacted his lawyer Rodrigue Dadjé, in a statement forwarded to AFP.

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"This mandate lifting definitely comes to the prosecutions of the Gbagbo before the ICC," he added.

Simone Gbagbo was claimed since 2012 by the ICC for four heads of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape, other inhuman acts and persecution, committed during the 2010-2011 post-election crisis.

This crisis, born of the refusal of Laurent Gbagbo to recognize his defeat in the 2010 presidential election against Alassane Ouattara, had made more than 3,000 dead.

last March, the ICC had definitively acquitted Laurent Gbagbo, also pursued for crimes against humanity and he could return to Côte d'Ivoire on June 17, after ten years of absence.

Unlike his husband, Simone Gbagbo had never been delivered to the ICC. Abidjan has always been able to be able to pursue it for the same crimes as those being reproached by the Court.

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She had been sentenced in March 2015 to 20 years in prison in Abidjan for violation of state security.


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Insufficient in the eyes of international justice that believed that Côte d'Ivoire "did not take Tangible measures "to judge Ms. Gbagbo for the same crimes as those alleged by the ICC.

It was finally released on August 8, 2018, after seven years of detention, following an amnesty decreed by President Alassane Ouattara to promote national reconciliation.

Divorce

A reconciliation that continues since the return of Laurent Gbagbo to Côte d'Ivoire.

Tuesday, he was received as president by his former Alassane Ouattara rival, for the first time for more than ten years.

The meeting took place in a warm atmosphere: the two men gave up the brace, held their hand and exchanged several bursts of laughter.

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"This crisis has created divergences but it is behind us," said Mr. Ouattara.

But if the national reconciliation advances in Côte d'Ivoire, the break is now consumed within the Gbagbo couple.

barely returned to Côte d'Ivoire, the former president requested the divorce of with his wife because of his "reiterated refusal for years to consent to an amicable separation".

The couple has been married since 1989 and has two girls together.

Laurent Gbagbo has returned to Côte d'Ivoire with Nady Bamba, a former 47-year-old journalist, his companion since the early 2000s to which he is united by a customary marriage.

remains to know if Simone Ggabgo, 72 years old, will now decide to kiss a political career alone, after having formed a formidable tandem with the former power president from 2000 to 2011.

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