Senegal Alert: Lawyer placed under committal order for comments against Senegal President

On March 17, 2015, El Hadji Amadou Sall was placed under a committal order, an order committing one to prison for making statements deemed offensive to Senegal President Macky Sall.

According to MFWA’s correspondent in Senegal, Sall’s committal is a result of his statements on March 15, during a rally in support of Karim Wade, a former minister and son of former president of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade.

Karim Wade was charged with illegally enriching himself and is currently standing trial. Sall represents Karim Wade.

At the rally, Sall said, “If Macky Sall gets Karim Wade imprisoned, he (President Sall) will not spend a single night in the palace.” Sall also made other statements which were interpreted as a call for insurgency in the event that Karim Wade receives a prison sentence.

Following his remarks at the rally, Sall was taken into police custody by the Colobane Gendarmerie Squad (Dakar) and and placed under the committal order on March 17.

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