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Ivory Coast court rejects appeal by ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo


Simone Gbagbo, Ivory Coast's former first lady, sits in a court dock in Abidjan on December 26, 2014 (AFP Photo/Sia Kambou)

Simone Gbagbo, Ivory Coast’s former first lady, sits in a court dock in Abidjan on December 26, 2014 (AFP Photo/Sia Kambou)<br />

Ivory Coast’s supreme court has rejected former first lady Simone Gbagbo’s appeal against a 20-year sentence over her role in the violence that followed the 2010 elections that her husband Laurent Gbagbo lost, her lawyer said.

“The supreme court Thursday rejected our appeal,” Rodrigue Dadje told AFP, criticising it as a “political decision”.

Simone Gbagbo, currently being held in Abidjan, was sentenced in March 2015 to 20 years imprisonment after being convicted of “attacking state authority” over her role in the post-election violence, which left more than 3,000 people dead.

She was tried with 78 co-defendants for their part in the crisis caused by the refusal of former president Laurent Gbagbo to recognise Alassane Ouattara’s victory in the November 2010 presidential election.

The former first lady is also due to go on trial on May 31 in Abidjan on charges of crimes against humanity related to the wave of post-election violence.

Laurent Gbagbo is currently on trial at the International Criminal Court in the Hague for war crimes also linked to the unrest that followed his refusal to step down.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, has struggled to return to normalcy after years of civil war, which effectively divided the country between the mainly Christian south and the largely Muslim north.

Ouattara finally took power in 2011 with help from former colonial ruler France and the arrest of the Gbagbos.

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  • Victor

    From grace to grass. I hope other dictators and their spouses, especially among sit-tight leaders in Africa, are watching. Many among them will meddle with their country’s constitutions and shout that that is what the people want; they’ll send brutes into cities and murder their people, the same people they say they want to rule; they’ll impose themselves on their nations and swear no one else has more wisdom to rule than themselves; they’ll lose elections and will refuse to go. I hope they are watching how the cookies have crumbled for the Gbagbos. Karma is here for them.

  • Blunt Arrow

    Africa and vindictive politics. Was she holding any official position. Can’t they see that she was not in a position to go against the will of her husband.
    They already have her husband, they should leave the poor woman alone.