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International Criminal Court judges: Case against former Ivory Coast 1st lady is admissible

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2011 file photo Simone Gbagbo attends a rally in support of her husband, former President Laurent Gbagbo, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands ruled Wednesday, May 27, 2015 that the court can prosecute Ivory Coast’s former first lady on charges including murder and rape linked to violence that left 3,000 people dead in the aftermath of the country’s disputed 2010 presidential election. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2011 file photo Simone Gbagbo attends a rally in support of her husband, former President Laurent Gbagbo, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands ruled Wednesday, May 27, 2015 that the court can prosecute Ivory Coast’s former first lady on charges including murder and rape linked to violence that left 3,000 people dead in the aftermath of the country’s disputed 2010 presidential election. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

International Criminal Court appeals judges have upheld a ruling that the court can prosecute Ivory Coast's former first lady on charges including murder and rape linked to violence that left 3,000 people dead in the aftermath of the country's disputed 2010 presidential election.

Presiding Judge Piotr Hofmanski says that the case against Simone Gbagbo is admissible at the court because it features different allegations to a domestic case in which she was convicted earlier this year of undermining state security and sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment.

Ivory Coast wasn't represented by any lawyers at Wednesday's brief hearing and it wasn't immediately clear if authorities there will now hand over Gbagbo, whose husband, former president Laurent Gbagbo already is in The Hague awaiting trial.