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Senegal Arrests Lawyer of Ex-President's Son

Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 10:37 AM

Senegalese authorities have arrested a lawyer for Karim Wade, a former president's son who is on trial on corruption charges.

The verdict is expected next week in the trial, which has exposed old wounds from Senegal's bitterly fought 2012 election. At that time, activists waged a campaign urging then-President Abdoulaye Wade to abide by term limits and not seek a third term. Their protests paralyzed the Senegalese capital for weeks, and Wade eventually lost to President Macky Sall in a runoff.

Karim is charged with illicit enrichment, accused of amassing around $200 million during his time as a minister in his father's government. His supporters, meanwhile, say the trial is part of a political vendetta being waged by President Sall against his old rival, Abdoulaye Wade.

The lawyer, Amadou Sall (no relation to the president), was arrested Monday, according to Oumar Sarr, an official with the opposition Senegalese Democratic Party, which the elder Wade founded.

The police did not return calls seeking comment, but it is thought that the lawyer was detained for remarks he made during a political event on Sunday. He said that if Karim Wade was imprisoned, President Sall wouldn't last one more night in the presidential palace.

Amadou Sall and the rest of Karim's legal team have boycotted the trial, and it wasn't clear if they are planning to appear at the announcement of the verdict next Monday.

The arrest highlights the rising tensions ahead of the verdict. Two years into his term, Sall's popularity is faltering amid complaints he hasn't done enough to improve the lot of ordinary Senegalese and those supporting former President Wade have become more assertive.

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