A supporter of Former Ivory Coast's president Laurent Gbagbo makes the victory sign as he arrives at the Court of Justice in Abidjan, March 9, 2015. (AFP/ISSOUF SANOGO)
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A court in Ivory Coast on Tuesday sentenced former first lady Simone Gbagbo to a 20-year prison term on charges of "undermining state security" during post-election violence in 2010-2011 that left nearly 3,000 dead.Gbagbo's face hardened as the verdict was read.Once referred to by admirers and opponents alike as Ivory Coast's "Iron Lady," Simone Gbagbo has been on trial since January with 82 co-defendants accused of varying degrees of involvement in the deadly unrest.Prosecutors had asked for a lighter 10-year jail term for the 65-year-old Gbagbo.Nearly 3,000 people were killed in months of post-election violence, which was halted by the intervention of international forces acting under a UN mandate and led by former colonial power France.
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