Senegal: Appeal court rejects Dakar mayor’s release

APA-Dakar (Senegal)

The request for an injunction for provisional release in favour of Khalifa Sall, made by lawyers of the jailed mayor of Dakar, was rejected on Wednesday by the court of appeal in Dakar.

The presiding judge, Demba Kandji, ruled that Sall must remain in prison.

In making their request, Sall’s lawyers had relied on a judgment of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, which in a recent ruling on the Khalifa Sall case, found that the procedure leading to his trial and sentence to five years in prison (plus a fine of 5 million and the seizure of one fifth of his properties) had not respected Sall’s rights, including the presumption of innocence and the right of the accused person to be assisted by a lawyer.

Consequently, the ECOWAS Court of Justice in its ruling gave an order for the Senegalese state to pay 35 million CFA francs to Khalifa Sall.

Dakar court of appeal judge Kandji agreed with the ECOWAS court order to make such payment to Sall.

It would be recalled that Khalifa Sall, accused of having embezzled 1.8 billion CFA francs from the Dakar City Council’s fund, was sentenced last March along with seven of his colleagues, after being found guilty of “fraud related to public funds”, “forgery and use of forgery in administrative documents” and “complicity in forgery.”

Sall’s lawyers, in its drive to exhaust all local avenues for redress, now have the option to take his appeal to the Supreme Court of Senegal.


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