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Ivory Coast: Guillaume Soro sentenced to life imprisonment for plotting coup

The former president of Ivory Coast’s National Assembly Guillaume Soro was found guilty of “undermining state security” and sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment.

The former Prime Minister and 19 of his supporters were accused of “conspiracy”, “attempt to undermine the authority of the state” as well as “dissemination and publication of false news discrediting the institutions and their operation, resulting in damage to public morale”.

In April 2020, the former president of the National Assembly had already been sentenced to twenty years in prison, 4.5 billion CFA francs in fines and deprivation of his civic rights for a period of five years after being found guilty of handling embezzled public funds and money laundering.

Read more on the Africa Report.