Former Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday 23 June 2024 by the Criminal Court of Abidjan for “undermining state security.” The facts for which he was sentenced date back to the end of 2019. The 49-year-old, currently in exile in Spain, was accused of having fomented with his supporters a civil and military insurrection aimed at overthrowing power upon his aborted return to Côte d’Ivoire in December 2019.
Guillaume Soro was sentenced to life imprisonment. The former Prime Minister and former Ivorian rebel leader was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday 23 June 2021 for “undermining state security.” The other main defendants Souleymane Kamagaté, his former head of protocol, Affoussy Bamba, former minister, and Touré Moussa, his former chief of communications, were sentenced to 20 years in prison. In addition, Guillaume Soro’s two brothers and his former right-hand man, Alain Lonognon, were sentenced to 17 months in prison for disturbing public order.
The penalty is not limited there for Guillaume Soro. The Assize Court of Abidjan ordered the confiscation of his property and the immediate dissolution of his movement called Generations and Peoples Solidarity (GPS). The former Prime Minister and his 19 co-preves must also contribute the sum of one billion FCFA to the Ivorian state.
Guillaume Soro is condemned for having fomented an insurrectional movement, an attempt to undermine the authority of the State. He was also prosecuted for disseminating and publishing false news that discredited the institutions and their functioning.