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Ivory Coast Ex-Youth Leader Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

  • ICC cleared Ble Goude of crimes against humanity in January
  • Ivorian charges stem from crisis that ensued after 2010 vote
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An Ivory Coast court convicted Charles Ble Goude, a former cabinet minister and youth leader, on murder, rape and torture charges and sentenced him to 20 years in jail.

The charges relate to Ble Goude’s role in a crisis triggered by Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to concede defeat in a 2010 election against incumbent President Alassane Ouattara. The five-month standoff left at least 3,000 people, mostly Gbagbo opponents, missing or dead.