Ivory Coast court sentences former PM to life in prison

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An Ivory Coast court has sentenced prominent opposition figure and former prime minister Guillaume Soro to life in prison for “undermining the security of the state.”

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — An Ivory Coast court has sentenced prominent opposition figure and former prime minister Guillaume Soro to life in prison for “undermining the security of the state.”

The criminal court in the West African country’s largest city, Abidjan, also ordered the dissolution of Soro’s political movement, which was created after he resigned as speaker of the legislature in 2019.

The former president of the National Assembly and 19 others were prosecuted for an “attempt to attack the authority of the state” as well as “dissemination of false information” that discredited the institution and its functions.

Soro reacted to the verdict, calling it unjust.

“I totally reject these unfair verdicts, pronounced outside all the rules of law and dictated only by political considerations,” he said in a statement on his Twitter account.

Soro said the goal of the trial is to remove him from Ivory Coast’s politics, and that it demonstrates a compromised judiciary.

“These verdicts reinforce my conviction that we must fight courageously and without weakness against the capture of the Ivorian state … I will not give up this fight,” he said.

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