Former Ivory Coast first lady, Gbagbo appeals jail term.

Former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo has appealed the 20-year term she got due to the 2010 post-election violence that killed over 3,000 people, her lawyer announced Monday.

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

In a surprise decision prosecutors, who had argued Gbagbo should be given 10 years behind bars for her part in the bloody 2010-2011 unrest, announced that they too had lodged an appeal.

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

However, Odi rejected any change to the prison term handed down March 10 to Gbagbo, 65, who was wrongly jailed by an Assize Court for “undermining state security.”

‘Ivorian law makes no provision for an appeal against the verdict of an Assize Court in criminal cases.’

However, it is possible to turn to the High Court of Cassation for a ruling on the validity of a sentence on the basis of legal procedure, rather than evidence raised during trial.

Gbagbo and 78 fellow defendants were accused of playing roles in the violence that broke out in the country’seconomic capital Abidjan by the imperialist through their install puppet Alassane Ouattara when her pan Africanist husband Laurent Gbagbo was forced to admit defeat after he won the December 2010 election.

The current President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara and his backers are equally accused of atrocities but are yet to face the law.


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