Africa

Ivory Coast court finds ex-president's wife not guilty

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, Simone Gbagbo, wife of Laurent Gbagbo, smiles during a pro-Gbagbo rally at the Palace of Culture in the Treichville neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. An Ivory Coast court on Tuesday, March. 28, 2017 acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo for war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial on her alleged role in post-election abuses that led to the deaths of thousands. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, Simone Gbagbo, wife of Laurent Gbagbo, smiles during a pro-Gbagbo rally at the Palace of Culture in the Treichville neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. An Ivory Coast court on Tuesday, March. 28, 2017 acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo for war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial on her alleged role in post-election abuses that led to the deaths of thousands. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this Saturday Jan.15, 2011 file photo, Simone Gbagbo smiles during a rally in support of her husband, former President Laurent Gbagbo, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. An Ivory Coast court on Tuesday, March. 28, 2017 acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo for war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial on her alleged role in post-election abuses that led to the deaths of thousands. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

    FILE- In this Saturday Jan.15, 2011 file photo, Simone Gbagbo smiles during a rally in support of her husband, former President Laurent Gbagbo, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. An Ivory Coast court on Tuesday, March. 28, 2017 acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo for war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial on her alleged role in post-election abuses that led to the deaths of thousands. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

An Ivory Coast judge says former first lady Simone Gbagbo has been found not guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Kouadio Bouatchi said Tuesday that Gbagbo was acquitted. The prosecution had asked for a life sentence, saying she participated in a committee that organized abuses against supporters of her husband's opponent after the 2010 election.

More than 3,000 people were killed after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat to current President Alassane Ouattara.

Simone Gbagbo still must serve 20 years in prison after being found guilty in March 2015 of offenses against the state.

Simone Gbagbo, in custody since April 2011, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, but Ivory Coast has refused to transfer her.