Senegal jails ex-president's son for 6 years for corruption

March 23, 2015 12:27 PM

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Senegal jails ex-president's son for 6 years for corruption

DAKAR (Reuters) - A special court in Senegal sentenced the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade to six years in prison for corruption on Monday and ordered him to pay a 138 billion CFA franc ($228 million) fine, dashing his hopes of competing in elections due in 2017.

Karim Wade, who has been in detention since April 2013, was chosen by the main opposition party, the Senegalese Democratic Party (SDP), as its presidential candidate on Saturday, raising the stakes ahead of the verdict. He denies any wrongdoing.

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