Ivory Coast court rules that presidential candidate Soro can face trial

ABIDJAN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - An Ivory Coast high court on Friday ruled that ex-rebel leader and presidential candidate Guillaume Soro could face trial, allowing state prosecutors to continue their investigation into a coup plot they allege Soro was behind.

As a former member of parliament, Soro was immune from prosecution unless a court ruled otherwise. He has rejected the allegations against him as politically motivated and remained abroad since a warrant was issued for his arrest in late December.

In response to the latest court decision, Soro's lawyer Souleymane Diallo said they would consider an appeal. (Reporting by Ange Aboa Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)