For­mer Sene­gal pres­i­dent’s son awaits rul­ing

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Judges in Sene­gal are due to rule on the fate of for­mer pres­i­dent Ab­doulaye Wade’s son Karim, de­tained for a year on cor­rup­tion charges af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing a for­tune worth more than $1bn.

The anti-cor­rup­tion court in the cap­i­tal Dakar was ex­pected on Thurs­day to an­nounce whether it in­tended to dis­miss the case, or­der that the younger Wade be tried, or ex­tend his de­ten­tion for a fur­ther six months, the AFP news agency re­ported.

“Within 48 hours we will know if the trial will take place or not,” Sidiki Kaba, the jus­tice min­is­ter, told politi­cians on Tues­day.

Wade, who held a num­ber of cab­i­net posts dur­ing his fa­ther’s pres­i­dency, was ini­tially re­manded in cus­tody on April 17 last year.

He is al­leged to have ac­quired by cor­rupt means com­pa­nies and property val­ued at $1.4bn, in­clud­ing land across Dakar, a fleet of lux­ury cars, and a num­ber of com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing across Africa, in­clud­ing me­dia and fi­nance firms, ac­cord­ing to AFP.

Un­der Sene­galese law, in­ves­ti­ga­tors would nor­mally have had a max­i­mum of six months to in­ves­ti­gate the 45-year-old be­fore send­ing him to trial or dis­miss­ing the case. Aljazeera

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