An Ivory Coast court on Tuesday sentenced former first lady Simone Gbagbo to 20 years in prison in connection to the violence caused by the 2010 elections that left more than 3,000 dead. Gbagbo was charged with undermining state security, disturbing public order, and organizing armed gangs while her husband, former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, awaits trial at the International Criminal Court. The court doubled the length of the sentence that prosecutors had asked for, but Simone Gbagdo’s lawyer said they plan to appeal. Bloody clashes gripped Ivory Coast from 2010 to 2011 after the former leader refused to admit defeat to Alassane Ouattara in its presidential election.
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