30 March 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Media Reports Say Hearing of the Former First Lady Was Aborted

Photo: Simone Gbagbo Website
Simone Ehivet Gbagbo, the former First Lady of Cote d' Ivoire (file photo).

press release

A report in L'Inter (p. 2) suggests that the hearing of the former first lady, Simone Gbagbo in connection with the investigations into the alleged crimes committed during the 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis in Cote d'Ivoire has been cancelled. The paper attributes this information to the lawyers of Mrs Gbagbo.

"We've been informed by the office of the prosecutor that the hearing has been cancelled without further details," the paper quotes Gougnon Serge, one the lawyers as saying. Another story on the same page of the paper suggests that the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the authorities in Cote d'Ivoire are divided over the decision to transfer the former first lady to The Hague or not. The paper also quotes sources as saying that the ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Mrs Gbagbo, an order, which according to the paper, the Ivorian authorities are reluctant to respect.

This daily press review is compiled by the Information Section of the Public Affairs Office of the American Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. The opinions expressed in these reviews in no way reflect the views of the United States Government and are presented for informational purposes only. The accuracy of reports contained in this summary has not been confirmed by the Embassy.

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