Simone Gbagbo, the former first lady of Ivory Coast who has been on trial since January has been sentenced to 20-year jail term for “undermining state security”, “disturbing public order” and “organising armed gangs” during post-election violence in 2010-2011.
“Simone Gbagbo most certainly participated in the composition of armed gangs, her men… participated in an insurrectional movement.” ” state prosecutor Simon Yabo Odi told the court.
Gbagbo’s son Michel was also sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the violence that claimed nearly 3000 lives..
“I have suffered humiliation on humiliation during this trial. But I am ready to forgive… because if we do not forgive, the country faces a crisis worse than what we experienced.” The 65 year-old said.