LOST APPEAL: Simone Gbagbo
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Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo has had her appeal against a 20-year prison sentence rejected by the country’s Supreme Court.

The jail term was handed down last year for Mrs Gbagbo’s role in the violence which followed the refusal of her husband, Laurent, to accept defeat in the presidential election of 2010.

Mr Gbagbo himself is currently on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, accused of war crimes linked to the unrest, in which more than 3,000 people were killed.

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