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Ivory Coast's Ouattara grants amnesty to wife of ex-leader Gbagbo

Ivory Coast's Ouattara grants amnesty to wife of ex-leader Gbagbo


Reuters Last Updated at 07 Aug 2018, 02:08 IST

ABIDJAN, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Monday declared an amnesty for Simone Gbagbo, who had been convicted for offences against the state during a brief 2011 civil war.

Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former president Laurent Gbagbo, was one of 800 citizens that Ouattara said he had pardoned, in a state address broadcast live on TV.

She been tried and convicted in 2015 of offences against the state and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Last year, an Abidjan court acquitted her of crimes against humanity and war crimes linked to her role in a 2011 civil war that killed about 3,000 people. (Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly Writing by Tim Cocks, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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