- The Ivorian government has taken a very punitive measure against one of the country's former prime ministers, Guillaume Soro
- Soro was on Tuesday, April 27, sentenced to 20 years in prison over charges of money laundering
- However, the former leader who is also eyeing the presidential seat has condemned the verdict, describing it as a sham
After his prosecution on Tuesday, April 27, a former prime minister of Ivory Coast, Guillaume Soro, has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment over charges of financial corruption.
The verdict was meted on Soro after it was established that he embezzled public funds which is linked to his purchase of a house in Abidjan in 2007 while he was the prime minister of the Southwest African nation, African News reports.
This verdict by the court brings to end Soro's political ambition to return to power when the country is about seven months away from its next presidential election.
Even more, Soro was fined 4.5 billion FCFA (6.8 million euros), 2 billion FCFA (3 million euros) as damages to the government of Côte d’Ivoire and his house confiscated.
However, added to the fact that Soro's lawyers boycotted the hearing that led to the judgment, claiming that the whole legal process was politically motivated, he referred to his trial as a mere parody.
Reacting to the development, the former Ivorian leader boasted: “I am still running for the presidency and I will win.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation, said the battle against corruption in the country by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was being carried out without any intention to favour anyone.
Malami who is also the minister of justice said that going by the number of judicial convictions, for the All Progressives Party (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it was clear that the fight against graft has no political inclination.
The minister, therefore, dismissed claims that the anti-graft war is mere witch-hunting as opined by a section of the country. Malami insisted that such allegations were both baseless and false.
He said that the goal of the federal government is to have a nation that is absolutely free from all sorts of evil and corruption.
Malami also debunked claims that the federal government intended to share the Abacha loot with some persons in the country.
The AGF on Wednesday, April 8, said that the Nigerian government is committed to the tripartite agreement reached by the United State of America (USA) and the Island of Jessy for the repatriation of over $300 million funds.
The minister of justice pointed out that according to the signed agreement, the funds will be used for the construction of the Abuja-Kano, Lagos-Ibadan expressways and the second Niger bridge.
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