Simone Gbagbo given 20-year sentence for her role in the 2010 post-election clashes in Ivory Coast.
Simone Gbagbo has been handed a 20-year jail term. Ivory Coast’s former first lady was convicted for her role in the post-election violence in 2010.
She has been found guilty of undermining state security, disturbing public order and organising armed gangs.
Mrs Gbagbo. pic.twitter.com/PeJzEgE6Uw
— PAPI (@hbgumi) March 10, 2015
The 65-year-old is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly committing crimes against humanity, but the warrant was dismissed by the Ivorian government.
More than 3,000 people died in clashes after her husband, former President Laurent Gbagbo, refused to concede election defeat.
— Olufemi Ijebuode (@WazobiaMan) January 10, 2015
The pair were arrested in 2011 when troops stormed a bunker in the city of Abidjan, where they had taken refuge.
A family affair
Laurent Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the ICC on charges including murder, rape and persecution. His son Michel was convicted alongside his wife and was handed a five-year jail term.
The ex-first lady was tried alongside 82 other allies of her husband.
Simone Gbagbo’s lawyer said they would appeal.