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Ivory Coast's Former First Lady Simone Gbagbo Acquitted of War Crimes

In the Ivory Coast on Tuesday, state television announced former first lady Simone Gbagbo has been acquitted of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges linked to her role in a 2011 civil war that killed about 3,000 people.

Judge Kouadio Bouatchi said a jury unanimously voted to free Gbagbo. The prosecution had asked for a life sentence, saying she had participated on a committee that organised abuses against supporters of her husband’s opponent after the 2010 election. The trial was held in an Ivorian court after the government rejected her extradition to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

Simone Gbagbo had already been tried and convicted on March 2015 of offences against the state and sentenced to 20 years in prison, a jail term that was upheld on appeal this month. Her husband, Laurent, is standing trial before the ICC on similar charges connected to the brief conflict.

Source: BBC, The Guardian

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American Ambassador Aubrey Hooks and Ivoirian First Lady Simone Gbagbo launched a community-based voluntary HIV/AIDS counseling and testing center in the Abidjan neighborhood of Treichville in 2006
By: United States Embassy, Abidjan

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