Senegal Opposition Leader Arrested As Supporters Rally
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Wed 03rd March 2021 | 07:10 PM
Dakar, March 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Mar, 2021 ) :Senegal's opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was arrested in the capital Dakar on Wednesday, according to his lawyers, ahead of his scheduled court appearance to face a rape charge.
Hundreds of supporters rallied in the city before the 46-year-old was due to appear before a judge for the charge, which he has claimed is politically motivated.
"He has been notified of his arrest on charges of disturbing public order and participating in an unauthorised demonstration," one of Sonko's lawyers, Cheikh Khouraissy, told AFP.
Another of his lawyers, Etienne Ndione, confirmed this account.
Sonko, the leader of the Pastef party, has denied the charges and accused the president of conspiring to remove him ahead of 2024 elections.
He was due to appear before a judge in Dakar on Wednesday to answer to the rape charge.
However an arrest warrant was issued before he reached the courthouse, Khouraissy the lawyer said.
The rape allegation against Sonko comes as uncertainty grows over whether Sall, 59, will seek a third term.