A former defence minister in Ivory Coast has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring against the government.

Moise Lida Kouassi served under President Laurent Gbagbo, who was ousted from power in 2011 and is now in the custody of the International Criminal Court.

The Abidjan court ruled that six years ago, Mr Kouassi plotted with former army officers exiled in neighbouring Ghana to topple the government elected under President Alassane Ouattara.

The trial is the latest in a series involving former government ministers.