Simone Gbagbo Appeals Court Ruling

Lawyers to Simone Gbagbo, Ivorian First Lady have decided to appeal the 20-year jail term she got for her role in the post-election violence that killed over 3,000 people.

Gbagbo’s counsel, Habiba Toure said “We lodged an appeal in the highest court…The procedure is irregular and must be nullified.”

Surprisingly, prosecutors who argued that Gbagbo should be given 10 years imprisonment for her role in the post-election violence of 2010-2011, have also announced they have also lodged an appeal.

“The public prosecutor’s office has filed an appeal,” prosecuting attorney Simon Yabo Odi said without giving reasons for the decision to appeal the case at the Court of Cassation.

Gbagbo and other defendants were alleged to have used brutal militias to attack supporters of President Alassane Ouattara, winner of the polls as Laurent Gbagbo refused to admit defeat.

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