International justice drops charges against Simone Gbagbo


Simone Gbagbo is no longer being prosecuted by international justice : the arrest warrant of the International Criminal Court against the former Ivorian First Lady, accused of crimes against humanity during the 2010-2011 crisis has been lifted. “The Chamber considers it appropriate to decide that the arrest warrant against Simone Gbagbo ceases to be effective,” wrote the ICC, responding to a request by the prosecutor. We will be in Abidjan in this newspaper with our correspondent Hannane Ferdjani.

In the rest of the newspaper de l’Afrique, the French Council of State validated Friday the extradition of François Compaoré to Burkina Faso, where this brother of the deposed president Blaise Compaoré is implicated in the investigation into the murder of a journalist, a case that has bruised this country. “The request of Mr. Compaoré is rejected”, states the decision of the Council of State, recalling that the decree”grants the extradition of Mr. Compaoré to the Burkinabe authorities for acts of incitement to assassinations that do not have a political character”. You will hear the reaction of Bénéwendé Sankara, he is the former lawyer of the Zongo family, today Minister of Urban Planning, but whose cabinet continues to ensure the defense of the Zongo. He is questioned by Célia Caracena.

Finally our guest this Friday is at the head of a foundation whose name resonates with contemporary African creation : Marie-Cécile Zinsou, president of the Zinsou Foundation. Since 2005, she has been responsible for shining this rich collection of more than a thousand works of African art.


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