Mayor of Senegal capital charged with fraud

Khalifa Sall, representative of Senegal’s main opposition party “Benno Siggil Senegaal” (together to boost Senegal, in the local wolof language) speaking during a press conference concerning the upcoming local elections. Khalifa Sall, dissident of the majority in power and probable candidate for the presidential election of 2019 in Senegal, was indicted on March 7, 2017 night, notably for embezzlement of public funds, and placed under a warrant, one of his lawyers saidto AFP. / AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET

The embattled mayor of Senegal’s capital Dakar was Tuesday charged with embezzlement of public funds and placed in custody, one of his lawyers told AFP.

Khalifa Sall, who has run the city since 2009 and had been seen as a possible presidential candidate, was charged with fraud involving public funds, misappropriation of public funds, criminal conspiracy and money laundering, lawyer Me Bamba Cisse said.

He said the judge had ordered Sall’s detention. Five of his staff were also ordered to be remanded in custody.

On March 3, the country’s chief prosecutor, Serigne Bassirou Gueye, said a judicial investigation would be opened against Sall over the alleged misappropriation of 1.83 billion CFA francs ($2.85 million, 2.7 million euros) in city funds.

Sall, a rebel member of the Socialist Party, part of the country’s ruling coalition, who had been seen as a probable contender in the 2019 presidential elections, has claimed a plot may be under way to remove him from running.

“This arrest and detention is only to stop Khalifa Sall in his political ambitions,” his lawyers said in a statement read to the press in court, referring to July legislative elections and the 2019 presidential polls.

Sall has repeatedly denied any malfeasance after a government monitor published a report raising a flag about missing funds.

Senegal is widely seen as one of Africa’s most stable democracies.

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  • Ojiyovwi

    What is mother Africa’s matter with her children? Why can’t we for once be satisfied with our just reword that we earn? Why-oh-why do we cheat our brothers and sister. Very poor morals and after all the outcry and I full view of suffering people why do we persisting with all the cheating??????