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Ivory Coast Court Sentences Ex-First Lady Simone Gbagbo to 20 Years in Prison Over 2011 Post-Election Violence

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A court in Ivory Coast on Tuesday in Abidjan, sentenced former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, to 20 years in prison, for her role in  post-election violence that took place in.

Rodrigue Dadje, her lawyer, said the trial verdicts were announced after nine hours of deliberations by the jury.

He said Gbagbo was tried alongside 82 other allies of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo.

“This is purely a political decision to keep her out of the political game,’’ he said.

He said they were being tried in a case, in which more than 3,000 people, were killed.

Dadje said Gen. Bruno Ble, who headed the elite Republican Guard, and former Navy Chief, Adm. Vagba Faussignaux, were both jailed for 20 years, while the former president’s son got shorter sentence.

“The jury members retained all the charges against her, including disturbing the peace, forming and organising armed gangs and undermining state security. It’s a shame,” he said.

Dadje said the sentence handed down by the six-member jury, was longer than the 10 years requested by the state prosecutor.

He said the former first lady’s rights, were also suspended for 10 years.

The lawyer said Pascal Affi-N’Guessan, President of Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) party, was also handed an 18-month suspended sentence.

The ex-first lady said she had been insulted and humiliated by the prosecution, which, she said, had failed to prove her guilt, adding that she told her part of the truth.

“I’m prepared to forgive. I forgive because, if we don’t forgive, this country will burn, she said.”

Photo Credit: AP/Blackwell/Picture Alliance

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24 Comments

  1. Anon

    March 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Listen up, APC. This is how the ICC works. With proof and they are thorough. Not that dross you said about reporting Mama Peace to the ICC. They aren’t to be joked with. Don’t waste their time.

    Mrs. Gbagbo thought she was too big for her shoes.

    • ola

      March 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      APC only made a report,not like they filed action against her.

  2. WENDY

    March 10, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    THIS WOMAN WITH HER ADVICE COULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS…WHEN U MARRY A BAD WOMAN NO WONDER……WORD

  3. O~Intuition!

    March 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hmmm…. I hope some First Ladies are reading this.

  4. justdeywakapass

    March 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Patience, take heed o.

  5. niola

    March 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Why do i feel this is in every way related to Dame Peace’s political outburst of ‘stone them if they say change’.. Now if it is not sef, Madam Peace Beware ooo if you do not want this to be your fate eventually

  6. papermoon

    March 10, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    the next time your husband acts as if the PRESIDENCY of a country is his family inheritance, advise him oo, advise him or else when the boiling and the simmering cools down, you will have questions to answer because you were in charge at the time. You and your husband ruled a country for 10 years without any elections, it was an unmerited honour that was bestowed on you but……noooooooo, you must chop the next 4 years at all cost! and people died….. just because you and your husband wanted to rule for four more years………. the ten years was not enought! Anyway my condolences to you and your family, i believe your children have lost their mum for the next 20 years or something……… By the way other children have lost parents for ever because of you and your husband…. Its sad which ever way you look at it.

  7. chelle

    March 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    chai

  8. Calabar Gal

    March 10, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Serious Gobe!!

  9. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    “The jury members retained all the charges against her, including disturbing the peace, forming and organising armed gangs and undermining state security.”

    All I can think of is how wonderful it would have been to hear this verdict being given to all the politicians in Rivers State (including its ex-governor) who armed touts to help their election victory and consequently paved the way for a new future for criminals and kidnappers to thrive in that state. And who are now living the plush life in Abuja after leaving their mess behind. BN, if I type names, you won’t post my comment because we know how diplomatic you are regarding such charged topics. So I’ll just end it here.

  10. Bella

    March 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    All the first ladies married to dictators, take note!! There is justice and its coming for you o.

  11. COKE

    March 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    But of cos this can only happen in countries other than Nigeria… the judiciary are ass kissers.
    REGARDLESS of this circumstance Dame Jonathan should must herself together…

  12. concerned

    March 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    While I think P baby should be ignored for the ignorant person she is, I agree that she should take heed. The only thing I disagree with is that she should read this. For where? GEJ should read it to her because y’all know that if Mama P attempts to read, there’ll be mega trouble…

    • ada nnewi

      March 10, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Lmao at P baby!!! You’ve been watching too much of those funny videos with them made out of plastacine (can’t remember what the videos are called) on youtube!

    • ada nnewi

      March 10, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      I remember now….it’s Buni TV

    • Iris

      March 10, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      You are wicked. I just about choked at ‘P Baby’. Lol

  13. @edDREAMZ

    March 10, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    A woman for that matter….. Gud for her….
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  14. Cynthia

    March 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Patience Jonathan aka Mama Peace….take note. KeyWord – Burn

  15. jefka

    March 10, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    is it just me?
    guys pls does any one see a striking resemblance in this lady’s picture to our very own Mama peace?
    is dt look of arrogance and pride………..

    • Sunshine

      March 10, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      They are both clueless. The smug on that ugly face will wipe off once she is sent to the slammer.

  16. Sunshine

    March 10, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Madame Patience, this is how your life will play out at ICC if you incite violence during the election. Oh, I forgot, you have done so already, so be prepared to join Charles Taylor in Hague. So,in future you will learn to think before speaking.

  17. DP

    March 11, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Buhari never served jail time for inciting violence that killed more than 800 people after the last election. Obasanjo did not go to jail for the genocide he ordered in Zakibiam and Odi (6000 killed total). If ICC begin investigating Nigerians, they will have to relocate their headquarters to Abuja.

    • Diesel

      March 11, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      @ DP 2 wrongs can make a right, should we now say bcos Some people made certain violence statement in the past , which we re not even sure of and were not punish that it’s right for the 1st lady of a country to be invciting violence by saying we should stone who ever mention Change??? Fellow Nigerian pls tell her to bring her children or family member to join in the stoning or better still do d stoning herself as u won’t be stupied enough to die 4 what ll not profit u. Every one is entitle to follow & vote 4 who ever they want to. Honestly I can wait for all this drama to be over, let them do d election so that we can continue living our lives in peace.

  18. les slut

    March 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Last time chekt Syria’s Assad family are also capable but ICC jus focus on cases frm Africa.
    Mama Mama abeg carry go jare ‘cos shout dat Stupid Change around me no be only Stone I I go tro’ Nonsense.

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