Election Violence: Ivory Coast’s First Lady Simone Gbagbo Jailed For 20 Years


Today, Tuesday 10th of March sees the end of game for Simone Gbagbo. Ivory Coast court has sentenced the former first lady to a 20-year prison term on charges of “undermining state security” during post-election violence in 2010-2011 that left nearly 3,000 dead.

Simone Gbagbo once referred to by admirers and opponents alike as Ivory Coast’s “Iron Lady,” has been on trial since January with 82 co-defendants accused of varying degrees of involvement in the deadly unrest.

 The wife of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo was also accused of “disturbing public order” and “organising armed gangs” after her husband and his supporters rejected results of December 2010 presidential elections showing rival Alassane Ouattara had won the contest.
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Simone Gbagbo

In a unanimous judgement, the court said Simone Gbagbo together with her husband’s supporters, after rejecting the results from the elections that saw her husband’s main rival, Alassane Ouattara declared winner of the election, carried out activities that undermined the state security which left over 3000 people dead.

Prosecutors had asked for a lighter 10-year jail term for the 65-year-old Gbagbo. Lawyers to Simone Gbagbo said they would be appealing the judgement.

Laurent Gbagbo’s son from a previous marriage, Michel Gbagbo, was also sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for his role in the post election violence.

L-R: Michel Gbagbo and a friend