He was judged for "concealment of diversion of public monies" and "funds bleaching" by the correctional court of Abidjan.

His lawyers boycotted the audience because they "refuse to defend their customer in these circumstances", according to Valerie Bony, the BBC correspondent in Abidjan.

On Twitter, Guillaume Soro reacted to his judgment by reaffirming his candidature for presidential of the Ivory Coast planned for next October.

Corneille Kinsala N’soki