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Ivory Coast Rules Against Sending Former First Lady to ICC

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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and his wife, Simone, in a room at Hotel Golf in Abidjan after they were arrested, April 11, 2011.

Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and his wife, Simone, in a room at Hotel Golf in Abidjan after they were arrested, April 11, 2011.

Ivory Coast's government says it will not transfer former first lady Simone Gbagbo to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.

The government announced the decision after a special cabinet meeting on Friday, saying Gbagbo would instead be tried in an Ivorian court.

Former President Laurent Gbabgo is already awaiting trial at the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity.

He was arrested and transferred to the ICC in 2011 for his alleged role in the deadly violence that erupted when he refused to leave office, after losing the 2010 presidential election.

The United Nations estimates more than 3,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced during the conflict.

Gbabgo is wanted by the ICC on four counts for her alleged role in the post-election violence.

In April, Ivory Coast justice minister Gnenema Coulibaly said the country's courts were capable of trying Simone Gbagbo.
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