Ivory coast first Lady Freed after spending 3 Years out of 20-Year Jail Term
Simone Gbagbo, Ivory Coast’s former first lady has been freed from prison after serving 3 years into her 20-year crimes against humanity charges. Her release comes after President Alassane Ouattara granted her and 800 other persons amnesty in a bid to foster reconciliation.
Simone Gbagbo and her husband, Laurent Gbagbo were arrested in 2011 for their role in 2011’s post election violence that led to the death of over 3,000 people. While Laurent awaited trial at the International Criminal Court, Simone was convicted in April 2015 and sentenced to serve 20 years.
Thee former first lady was received in grand style as many of her supporters flooded the the streets of Abidjan leading to Simone’s upmarket suburb home in Cocody to celebrate her release.