The former first lady Simone Gbagbo has been sentenced to a 20-year prison term on charges of “undermining state security” during post-election violence in 2010-2011 that left nearly 3,000 people dead.
A court in Ivory Coast on Tuesday also accused the wife of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo of “disturbing public order.”
She was also accused of “organising armed gangs” after her husband and his supporters rejected results of December 2010 presidential elections showing rival Alassane Ouattara had won the contest.
The court “unanimously” condemned her to 20 years in jail, court president Tahirou Dembele said in a statement.
Gbagbo’s son Michel, a French-born dual national from a previous marriage, was also sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the violence.
Former President Laurent Gbagbo himself is facing criminal charges against humanity in the International Criminal Court.
By: Nana Boakye-Yiadom/citifmonline.com/Ghana