Khalifa Sall, Dakar’s ex-mayor, pardoned by Senegal president

By on September 29, 2019

Senegal’s president has pardoned the former mayor of the capital city Dakar, who was jailed for five years in 2018 on corruption charges.

Khalifa Sall was arrested in March 2017 for allegedly embezzling $3 million (£2.4m) in public funds.

 

But critics accused President Macky Sall – no relation – of making up the charges to remove a political rival.

 

The conviction barred the popular former mayor from standing in February’s presidential elections.

A presidential decree released on Sunday “totally annulled” Khalifa Sall’s sentences

Dakar’s current mayor, Sowam Wardini, reportedly thanked the president for the pardon.

 

“Khalifa Sall is returning to his family today,” the mayor said.

Reports suggest he will be released soon.

Khalifa Sall’s lawyer, Ousseynou Fall, said the fight was “not over” and said his client was “arbitrarily imprisoned”.

“We want an amnesty,” he said.

Senegal is one of West Africa’s most stable democracies, and has never had a military coup.

It has seen two peaceful transfers of power following elections, most recently in 2012, when Macky Sall became president.

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