U.N. criticizes Senegal's jailing of ex-President's son

June 3rd, 2015  
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A U.N. panel accused Senegalese authorities of arbitrarily detaining the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade, and called on the government to hand over unspecified compensation, a draft report showed. Karim Wade, formerly head of four ministries and now presidential candidate for the main opposition party SDP, was jailed for six years in March for illicit enrichment and ordered to pay a 138 billion CFA franc ($233.99 million) fine. Senegal's current President Macky said the trial was part of a broader crackdown on corruption, but the opposition and other critics dismissed it as politically motivated bid to stamp out dissent.


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