Monday 19 March 2018

Simone Gbagbo trial in Ivory Coast

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:05 -- Henri Ahyite

The first defendants in the trial of Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo and 82 others accused of fomenting deadly post-electoral violence were on Tuesday called to the stand.

Six of the accused were summoned following a recess in the trial, which began on December 26 in Abidjan. They were presented as "militias" loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo and his wife.

The once-powerful "Iron Lady" was not in court Tuesday, along with some of the other defendants, but the six accused were brought forward in handcuffs and 14 witnesses were also called to give evidence.