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Son of Ex-Senegal President Faces Police Queries in Wealth Probe

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Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Karim Wade, the son of former Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade who was once a government minister, was questioned by police for as part of an “illegal enrichment” investigation, said Justice Ministry spokesman Macoumba Mbodj.

Karim Wade faced queries at the same police station in Dakar, the capital, on Nov. 15, Mbodj said by phone today from the city, declining to give details.

As minister from 2009 to 2012, Wade’s portfolio included energy, international cooperation, regional development, air transportation and infrastructure. He was in charge of the body which organized infrastruture building for the Organization of the Islamic Conference which was held in Dakar in 2008.

He left the government earlier this year when Macky Sall defeated his 86-year-old father in an election that sparked protests in the West African nation over Wade’s attempt to run for a third term in office.

Sall created a special court to prosecute fraud and financial crimes. Karim Wade has been questioned four times as part of the investigation into former government members.

Members of Wade’s Parti Democratique Senegalais have been told to stay in the country, El Hadj Amadou Sall, a spokesman for the party, said by phone. “Karim Wade is the first of a long list of people who will be questioned. We consider this harassment by the Macky Sall regime,” he said.

Under the younger Wade, contracts were signed between Senegal and international partners including a 380 billion-CFA franc ($743 million), 65-kilometer (40-mile) highway linking Dakar with a new airport in Diass that he also authorized.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rose Skelton in Bamako via Accra at rskelton7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

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