ICC judges order surrender of wife of ex-Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 11, 2014 9:46 AM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Judges at the International Criminal Court ordered Ivory Coast on Thursday to hand over Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former president Laurent Gbagbo, who is in The Hague awaiting trial.

Simone Gbagbo is accused of crimes against humanity. Ivory Coast had refused to hand her over, saying it was already investigating her on charges similar to the ICC's.

Judges also committed for trial Charles Ble Goude, Laurent Gbagbo's close associate. The three are accused of taking their country to the brink of civil war rather than relinquishing power after Gbagbo lost the 2010 presidential election.

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(Reporting By Thomas Escritt, editing by John Stonestreet)