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    42 arrested in Senegal over Baccalaureat exam leaks

    APA - Dakar (Senegal)

    Senegalese state prosecutor, Serigne Bassirou Gueye, on Monday confirmed the arrest of 42 people as part of investigations into the leaking of test papers of this year's Baccalaureat examination.

    “A total of 42 people were arrested as part of the investigation into the leaking of test papers at the Baccalaureat 2017,” Gueye told reporters in Dakar, adding that a joint investigation team comprising the Gendarmerie Research Section  and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) has been set up to deal with the case.

    Prosecutor Gueye told the press conference that the arrested persons include a high school principal, three professors, three agents from the Baccalaureat Office, 23 candidates and three people who passed the same exams last year, among others.

    They are all charged with conspiracy, and examination fraud, among other offenses.

    Prosecutor Gueye also said the investigation had identified the exam fraud mastermind, adding that the tests were traded for between CFA 25,000 and CFA 250,000.

    “In light of the seriousness of the facts, we have asked for the opening of a judicial inquiry” the Public Prosecutor added.


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