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Ivory Coast’s Simone Gbagbo leaves prison after amnesty

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Isaac Kaledzi
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Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo has been released from prison on Wednesday.

Her freedom came thanks to an amnesty granted by the country’s President, Alassane Ouattara on Monday.

The declaration of the amnesty by the President on a state TV broadcast affected some 800 convicts.

She had been serving a 20-year prison term for undermining state security.

Simone, wife of ex-president, Laurent Gbagbo had been convicted of offences against the state during a brief 2011 civil war.

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Her 2017 acquittal was overturned by the country’s Supreme Court last month. She had been cleared of crimes against humanity by an Ivorian Court earlier.

She had been charged following violence in the aftermath of the 2010 presidential poll which claimed more than 3,000 lives.

Supporters of the ex-first lady are happy about her release. Photo: BBC

Violence erupted in Ivory Coast shortly after the elections when Mrs. Gbagbo’s husband and then president Laurent refused to concede defeat to current president, Alassane Ouattara.

The charges from the prosecution’s team that Simone Gbagbo, 67, headed a crisis cell and attempted buying weapons were dismissed by the court.

The Supreme Court overturned that acquittal but President Ouattara has decided to include her in an amnesty package.

The International Criminal Court also wants Simone to face similar charges, but Ivory Coast has refused to extradite her to the Hague.

Simone and her husband were arrested in 2011 after troops stormed their hideout in Abidjan.




Source: Africafeeds.com

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