Former first lady of Ivory Coast, Simone Gbagbo,
has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for her role
in the violence that followed the 2010 elections.
Gbagbo, 65, had been charged with undermining
Her husband, former Ivorian President Laurent
Gbagbo, is awaiting trial at the International
Criminal Court. More than 3,000 people died in the
violence that followed the presidential poll after the
ex-leader refused to accept defeat to Alassane
She and her husband were arrested in 2011 after
troops stormed a bunker where the pair had taken
refuge in the main city, Abidjan.
And it was in the same city where Gbagbo – once
called the “Iron Lady” – faced trial. She was also
accused of disturbing public order and organising
The court unanimously sentenced her to 20 years,
twice as long as the prosecutors had asked for.
Her daughter, Marie Antoinette Singleton, told
the BBC the sentence was unfair and a sign of
“Why would you want to double it? It’s not about
justice, it’s about getting rid of political adversaries. If
we say that something wrong happened, it happened
on both sides. Nobody looked into bringing all
responsible parties to trial,” she said.
Simone Gbagbo’s lawyer said they would appeal.
Source: BBC Africa