Ivory Coast former first lady loses final appeal against trial

Former first lady Simone Gbagbo waves as she arrives at the Court of Justice in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on February 23, 2015Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo is set to go on trial on charges of crimes against humanity after the country’s supreme court on Thursday rejected the latest appeal by her lawyers. “The court… has decided to reject the withdrawal called for by Madame Simone Gbagbo against the decision of March 17, 2016,” the judge said at the public hearing. Gbagbo’s lawyer, Rodrigue Dadje, said he was “terribly disappointed… The supreme court has delivered a political decision.

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