Senegal Court Sentences Opposition MP Over Banned Protest
Dakar, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Jun, 2022 ) :A Senegal court Tuesday handed an opposition MP a six-month suspended prison sentence for defying a ban on protests in the tense run-up to legislative elections and released another lawmaker and 82 other defendants tried in the same case.
They were arrested on June 17 during a rally called by the opposition after its list of candidates for the elections was disqualified on technical grounds. The rally had been banned by the authorities, citing the risk of unrest.
Clashes broke out in Dakar and the southern region of Casamance after youths defied the ban.
The judge dismissed the case against Fame, saying the facts against her had not been sufficiently established.
Ba also acquitted the other 82 co-defendants due to "insufficiently established facts" at the end of the trial, which lasted more than 14 hours, ending early Tuesday.
"I reject all these facts of which I am accused," said Fall. "We are in Senegal -- the right to demonstrate is enshrined in the constitution." Fellow legislator Fame said she was arrested after she and her two children went to see opposition figure and Dakar mayor Barthelemy Dias.
"Tell me if in Senegal the laws prohibit going to see friends, relatives or acquaintances," she said.
The two MPs accused law enforcement of "kidnapping" them.