Ivory Coast ex-first lady claims she suffered rape attempt

Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo attends the second day of her trial on June 1, 2016, at the appeal court in AbidjanIvory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo on Wednesday denied charges of crimes against humanity during political violence in 2010 and said she had suffered attempted rape while in detention. “I stand before this court on the demand of the government and for crimes that I did not commit,” Gbagbo said as her trial went into its second day. The wife of former president Laurent Gbagbo, nicknamed Ivory Coast’s “Iron Lady”, also said she suffered a rape attempt when she and her husband were arrested on April 11, 2011.

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