Simone Gbagbo goes on trial in Ivory Coast

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By Euronews
Simone Gbagbo goes on trial in Ivory Coast

<p>The former first lady of Ivory Coast has gone on trial for her alleged role in post-election violence five years ago.</p> <p>Simone Gbagbo, the wife of ex- President Laurent Gbagbo has been charged along with 82 other civilians and soldiers</p> <p>She is accused of stealing the 2010 election her husband lost and refusing efforts to get him to stand down.</p> <p>Her husband is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court in the Hague on charges of crimes against humanity.</p> <p>Ivory Coast has so far refused to hand over Simone Gbagbo, saying she should be tried in a domestic court.</p> <p>Prosecutors say if she is found guilty she could get from 20 years to life imprisonment.</p> <p>Around 3,000 people died in violence after Gbagbo refused to accept defeat in a run-off vote.</p>