Ivory Coast presidential candidate Soro sentenced to 20 years in prison


Guillaume Soro, a presidential candidate in Ivory Coast’s election and former rebel leader has been convicted in absentia for embezzlement and money laundering.

Soro was sentenced to 20 years in jail and fined $7.6m (£6.1m).

The verdict was announced after a trial that lasted only a few hours and was boycotted by Soro’s lawyers, who have denounced the allegations as a way of excluding him from the October election.

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

His property in the commercial capital, Abidjan, was confiscated and he was also barred from civic duties for five years.

Soro is currently in exile in Europe.

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