By Hannatu Sadiq
The International Criminal Court ICC on Thursday said it has dropped the arrest warrant for Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo.
In 2012, Gbagbo faced four counts of crimes against humanity, namely murder, rape, other inhumane acts and persecution, that would have supposedly been committed during the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, following her husband Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to hand over power to then elected Alassane Ouattara.
An Ivorian court sentenced her to 20 years in prison in 2015 after she was charged with undermining state security.
She was then freed on August 8, 2018 following a presidential amnesty.