Ivory Coast’s Presidential candidate & former rebel leader Guillaume Soro sentenced to 20 years in prison & fined $7m
Former Ivory Coast rebel leader Guillaume Soro was handed a sentence of 20 years in prison and fined $7m in absentia.
Guillaume Soro, who has been a rebel leader and prime minister, was accused of embezzlement of fund.
Soro denied the allegations and his lawyers boycotted the trial, denouncing it as a way to exclude him from October’s election, reports Reuters.
Most of his properties in Abidjan, the capital city of the Ivory Coast have been ceased for the state.
The former rebel leader has also been accused of plotting a coup against President Alassane Ouattara, who is due to leave office later this year.
Soro was once an ally of Mr Ouattara’s. He commanded a rebel force which backed the current president Alassane Ouattara in his fight against President Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to accept he had lost the 2010 elections.