Simone Gbagbo, the wife of Laurent Gbagbo, is no longer the subject of an international arrest warrant from the ICC. The International Criminal Court has just cancelled the notification issued against the former First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire.
The Gbagbos are done with the ICC, or at least with the proceedings brought against their camp by this judicial institution in recent years.
After the release of the former Ivorian head of state, who was prosecuted for “crimes against humanity,” his wife Simone Gbagbo, who was also charged with the same offenses, has just seen the proceedings dropped by the ICC.
In her case, unlike her husband Laurent Gbagbo, who was transferred by Côte d’Ivoire to The Hague, President Alassane Ouattara refused to accept the request for her transfer to the International Criminal Court.
Imprisoned in Côte d’Ivoire, she was pardoned by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. Nevertheless, the warrant issued against her ran until the final acquittal of her husband Laurent Gbagbo.
Simone Gbagbo’s lawyer, Ange Rodrigue Dadje, posted on Facebook: “Good news for Ms. Simone Gbagbo: The International Criminal Court has lifted the arrest warrant against her following a request by the Prosecutor. She will now be able to travel freely throughout the world.”