Senegal: Trial of former Senegalese minister Karim Wade resumes

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Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The trial of Senegal’s former Minister of State for International Cooperation, Regional Development, Air Transport, and Infrastructure, Karim Wade, resumed here Monday after a 12-day suspension to give the court time to look into objections raised by the defense.

Wade’s trial for illegally amassed wealth started on July 31, 2014, but his lawyers claimed the court where he is being charged is not legally qualified for the trial.

They insisted that he should stand trial before the high court because he allegedly committed the offences for which he is being charged when he was a minister.

Wade, 46, has to justify before the court how he obtained his fortune, which is put at 117 billion CFAF, eight luxury cars and two mansions when he was a minister from 2009 till 2012.

Karim Meïssa Wade, son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, has been held in custody at Dakar central prison for 16 months.

Photo credits: Liberez Karim Wade