Senegal’s most important opposition chief on Monday was given a six-month suspended jail sentence by an appeals courtroom within the West African nation over a defamation case introduced towards him by a authorities minister.
The courtroom ruling towards Ousmane Sonko prevents President Macky Sall’s most outstanding political rival from operating in subsequent 12 months’s presidential election, however might be appealed once more.
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Sonko was ordered to pay 200 million West African francs ($336,000) in damages and curiosity by Decide Mamadou Cissé.
If Sonko does not pay the positive, the decide can order his imprisonment.
Senegal’s public prosecutor had requested a two-year sentence for “forgery, use of forgery, defamation and insults” within the trial introduced by the Tourism Minister Mame Mbaye Niang.
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Sonko did not seem in courtroom on Monday. In an announcement made on Sunday, he introduced that he would not reply to courtroom summonses.
The favored opposition determine was sentenced in March by a decrease courtroom to a two-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay damages.
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There was a heavy presence of safety forces round Dakar on Monday. Sonko’s supporters have taken to the streets in indignant protests up to now after earlier phases within the courtroom course of.