Senegal court extends opposition leader’s jail term

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A court in Senegal has handed a six-month suspended sentence and a $300,000 (£270,000) fine to a leading opposition politician who intends to run in next year’s presidential elections.

Ousmane Sonko – who was found guilty of defaming the country’s tourism minister – received a two month suspended sentence in March.

But the prosecution called for a heavier sentence following an appeal.

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Mr Sonko did not appear in court on Monday for the appeal hearing and announcing he would no longer respond to court summonses unless his security could be guaranteed.

Correspondents say the opposition sees the entire trial as an attempt to ensure Mr Sonko cannot stand for president.

The incumbent, Macky Sall, may seek a third term despite the constitution’s two term limit.


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