Senegal opposition leader trial starts

Friday, March 31st, 2023 05:20 | By
Senegal opposition leader barricaded. PHOTO/Courtesy

Prominent opposition leader Ousmane Sonko is scheduled to face charges of libel in a Dakar court on Thursday. If found guilty, the political leader could be barred from running in the 2024 presidential elections.

Originally set for March 16, the hearing was postponed to March 30 after state security services forcibly removed Sonko from his vehicle and escorted him to court on the day of the hearing.

Shortly after, clashes erupted between police forces and Sonko’s supporters. Sonko, 48, said he inhaled a harmful substance during the altercations which impaired his eyesight and breathing, claiming the altercation amounted to an assassination attempt.

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