Cote d’Ivoire: Guillaume Soro Gets 20 Years for ‘Trumped-Up’ Charges

Guillaume Soro, a former Ivorian rebel chief and presidential candidate in Cote d’Ivoire’s October 2020 elections, has been sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for embezzling public funds and money laundering by an Abidjan court.

Judges also slapped Soro with a seven million euro fine during a hearing on Tuesday boycotted by his lawyers.

Soro was accused of fraud relating to the purchase of a house 13 years ago when he served as Cote d’Ivoire’s prime minister.

In 2007, Soro bought a…


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