In Senegal, ten years of imprisonment required for rapes against the opponent Ousmane Sonko
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The Dakar prosecutor has requested ten years in prison against opponent Ousmane Sonko, prosecuted for rape and death threats against an employee of a beauty salon. Judgment is expected on June 1.
The trial took place in his absence. A Dakar court prosecutor requested, Wednesday, May 24, ten years of criminal imprisonment for rape and death threats against an employee of a beauty salon against the Senegalese opponent Ousmane Sonko.
“If the rape does not carry your conviction”, the prosecutor also requested five years of firm imprisonment for “corruption of youth”.
The decision is expected on 1er June, indicated on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday the president of the criminal chamber in a climate of high tension.
Lord of the hearing, the complainant Adji Sarr maintained her accusations of rape, ensuring that she had been abused five times by Ousmane Sonko in the beauty salon in Dakar where she worked. She recounted frankly the acts that the accused would have imposed on her between the end of December 2020 and the beginning of February 2021, until she filed a complaint which shook the political world.
Ousmane Sonko, 48, admitted to having gone for a massage to soothe chronic back pain. But he has always refuted the charges in the files of alleged rape and defamation and cried out in power’s conspiracy to exclude him from the 2024 presidential election.
Fear for his “physical integrity”
The young woman in her twenties also reported the death threats she says she received, another charge against the president of the Pastef-les Patriotes party and third in the presidential election in 2019.
On this other part of the case, the prosecution requested one year of imprisonment. The civil party had also claimed 1.5 billion CFA francs (2.3 million euros) from Mr. Sonko and Mrs. Ndèye Khady Ndiaye, the boss of the beauty salon. Saying he feared for his safety, he had announced that he would no longer respond to summonses from justice without a state guarantee for his physical integrity.