Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ivory Coast's Former First Lady Sentenced For War Crimes

We've seen all this before. Western war criminals installed by force are absolved from their crimes while the losers....

"Former Ivorian 1st lady gets 20 years’ jail for violence" Associated Press, AP  March 11, 2015

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Former first lady Simone Gbagbo was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in jail by an Ivory Coast court for her part in post-election violence that killed more than 3,000 people four years ago.

Her lawyer, Rodrigue Dadje, called it a ‘‘purely political decision to keep her out of the political game.’’

But there was jubilation from a prosecutor. ‘‘We have shown that impunity cannot continue in Ivory Coast,’’ said Soungalo Coulibaly, a state lawyer who participated in the legal action.

Former president Laurent Gbagbo awaits trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for alleged war crimes including rape, murder, and persecuting political opponents before his fall from power in 2011.

No Hitler he.

Ivory Coast refused the international court’s order to surrender Simone Gbagbo for trial there on similar charges. Instead, an Ivorian court found her guilty of undermining state security. She had pleaded not guilty.

Simone Gbagbo, 65, who was a powerful politician in her own right, was sentenced after several hours of deliberation.

Thousands were killed after Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat in 2010.


Is it just me, or does she look a bit like Michelle Obama?

So how is their health care $y$tem anyway?