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Ivory Coast's former first lady handed 20-year jail term

Ivory Coast's former first lady handed 20-year jail term
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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.

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.

Post-election clashes

More than 3,000 people died in clashes after her husband, former President Laurent Gbagbo, refused to concede election defeat.

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.