Testimonies continue in ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo’s trial in Abidjan

27 January 2015 by Christin Roby, Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

The trial of Ivorian former first lady Simone Gbagbo and 82 co-defendants entered its fourth week of testimony in Abidjan on Monday. Gbagbo, along with former prime minister Aké N'Gbo and former president of the Ivorian Popular Front Affi N'Guessan, face charges of undermining state security through alleged involvement in atrocities that killed an estimated 3,000 after the November 2010 election.

Following Ivory Coast's post-election violence, Cristelle Semao Gueh and family at a camp in Duekoue (Caroline Gluck/Oxfam)
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Following Ivory Coast's post-election violence, Cristelle Semao Gueh and family at a camp in Duekoue (Caroline Gluck/Oxfam)

Ivory Coast’s highly contested presidential election ended in a five-month civil war between political militias when outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo, Simone Gbabgo’s husband, refused to concede to current President Alassane Ouattara.

Simone Gbagbo is accused of having commanded pro-Gbagbo forces. In a separate case, she faces charges of genocide and has testified in that trial, though with no outcome yet publicized.

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