Ivory Coast court convicts top security officers for ex-leader, first lady with up to 20 years

Ivory Coast's military court has sentenced the former head of security for the country's ex-first lady to 20 years in prison for acts related to the postelection crisis in 2011.

More than 3,000 people were killed after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept his defeat in 2010 elections to Alassane Ouattara, who is now president.

Anselme Yapo Seka, in charge of security for Simone Gbagbo, was convicted of voluntary homicide and assault and battery. The court also expelled him from the gendarmerie and said he could not leave the West African country for 10 years after his release.

The military court sentenced to five years in prison another senior military officer close to the ex-president.

Gbagbo himself is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court.