ICC issues arrest warrant for Simone Gbagbo

  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Simone Gbagbo, the wife of the Ivory Coast’s ex-President Laurent Gbago.

    She is wanted for alleged crimes against humanity committed in the wake of a contested presidential election in November 2010.

    Her husband is currently awaiting trial at the court in The Hague on four charges of crimes against humanity.

    Some 3,000 people were killed in the post-election violence after he refused to accept defeat.

    The couple was arrested in a bunker in April 2011 at their residence in the city of Abidjan during a military assault supported by United Nations and French troops.

    Mr Gbagbo, 67, was transferred to The Hague a year ago. He is the first former head of state to appear at the ICC.

    Mrs Gbagbo is the first woman to be charged by the ICC.

    In a statement released on Thursday, the ICC said she was responsible for "the crimes against humanity of murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, other inhumane acts and persecution" allegedly committed in Ivory Coast between December 16, 2010 and April 12, 2011.