Former Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro jailed 20 years for corruption

An Ivorian court on Tuesday sentenced former Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, who has been living in exile since December 2019, to 20 years in prison for corruption.

This ruling is likely to end Soro’s political ambition with seven months to go before the presidential election, for which he has assured to remain a candidate.

He was found guilty of “embezzlement of public funds” and “money laundering” when he bought his Abidjan residence in 2007, when he was prime minister of a government of national unity. Lawyers for the former speaker of the Ivorian national assembly boycotted the hearing which lasted for about three hours saying it is politically motivated trial.

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