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Simone Gbagbo trial adjourned again

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo’s trial for crimes against humanity was adjourned on Wednesday after her lawyers threatened to walk out again over the failure of high-profile witnesses to attend.

The trial was adjourned till Monday while the judge insisted the high-profile witnesses including speaker of parliament Guillaume Soro, former prime minister Jeannot Ahoussou and former army chief Philippe Mangou appear on November 16.

The trial was suspended a week ago when her lawyers walked out of trial due to a no-show by the witnesses her lawyers had called to testify.

Some anonymous witnesses are expected to appear before the court on Monday.

There had been a debate in the court over whose responsibility it is to ensure the witnesses appear before the court.


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