Simone Gbagbo, Ivorian first lady is on trial in Abidjan. The trial is said to be an important step towards ending impunity in the country, according to AMnesty Intrenational.
Simone Gbagbo is set to go on trial today in Abidjan on charges of crimes against humanity related to the post-election violence in 2010-2011. More than 1,000 people are reported dead in the violence that ensued when her husband Laurent Gbagbo refused to relinquish power after losing an election.
“Unless Côte d’Ivoire applies to the International Criminal Court to again challenge the admissibility of her case they must immediately surrender Simone Gbagbo to the ICC,” said Gaëtan Mootoo, West Africa researcher for Amnesty International. “If the domestic trial continues, Côte d’Ivoire must ensure its proceedings comply with international human rights law standards, including the right to a fair trial. Côte d’Ivoire must show the world it is serious about delivering post-conflict justice to victims of all crimes”, he stressed.
Amnesty International call on Côte d’Ivoire to reconsider their refusal to comply with their obligation to surrender her to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Simone Gbagbo, to be recalled, has been charged by the ICC with crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts. An arrest warrant was issued against her on 22 February 2012.
Simone Gbagbo was previously convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on 10 March 2015 on charges of participation in an insurrectional movement, conspiracy against the State, and disturbing public order.