Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara announced on Monday evening the amnesty for 800 prisoners including former first lady Simone Gbagbo, sentenced to 20 years in prison, and Guillaume Soro’s protocol director, Souleymane Kamaraté Koné.
The announcement was unexpected. In his televised address to the nation, Monday, August 6 evening, on the eve of Independence Day, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara announced the amnesty of “about 800 people” prosecuted for crimes related to the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, including former first lady Simone Gbagbo. The wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo will be “released soon”, according to him.
She was sentenced in 2015 to twenty years in prison for “undermining the security of the state”. In another trial opened in 2016, Simone Gbagbo was acquitted on charges of “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes” for her role in the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, which had made about 3,000 victims.
The chief of protocol of the Speaker of the National Assembly Guillaume Soro, Souleymane Kamaraté Koné, aka Soul to Soul, arrested in October for “conspiracy against the State” in a case of arms caches, and the former minister of the defense of Laurent Gbagbo, Moses Lida Kouassi, were also amnestied.