Ivory Coast Ex-First Lady Simone Gbagbo Granted Amnesty

Simone Gbagbo was jailed in 2015

The jailed former first lady of Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo, has been granted an amnesty by President Alassane Ouattara.

She’s among about 800 people being pardoned.

Mr Ouattara said most had been prosecuted or sentenced for offences connected to the violence that killed thousands of people after the elections that brought him to power in 2010

Mrs Gbagbo was jailed for such offences, and had also been facing a new trial for crimes against humanity.

Her husband, ex-President Laurent Gbagbo, is already being tried at the International Criminal Court.

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Former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo to remain in detention for trial: ICC

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court on Tuesday said judges had ordered former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo to remain in detention during his war crimes trial.

Judges said Gbagbo presented a flight risk and has a “network of supporters” that could obstruct or endanger trial proceedings if he were released.

Gbagbo’s defense team had requested provisional release but judges said they failed to propose “concrete and solid” conditions that would ensure Gbagbo’s continued presence at the trial.

Gbagbo is accused of four counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts allegedly committed during post-electoral violence in Ivory Coast between 16 December 2010 and 12 April 2011 when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat by rival Alassane Ouattara.

His trial began in January 2016. This week prosecutors called former army chief Philippe Mangou to give evidence.

Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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