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Senegal Extends Detention of Ex-President’s Son for Six Months

A Senegalese court ruled that Karim Wade, the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade, must remain in prison for another six months.

Karim Wade, 44, was jailed April 17 on charges of accumulating properties, vehicles and companies worth at least 694 billion CFA francs ($1.4 billion) by a special court set up by President Macky Sall to probe economic crimes. The tribunal renewed the charges yesterday, extending Wade’s detention for six months, El Hadji Amadou Sall, one of his lawyers, said by phone in the capital, Dakar.

“We consider this as hostage-taking,” Sall said. “There are more than 300,000 applications from citizens seeking permission to visit him in prison.”

Karim Wade was known in Senegal as “superminister” for simultaneously holding the portfolios of energy, infrastructure, international cooperation and urban planning in the government of his father, who lost a 2012 presidential election. He also acted as financial adviser to his father.

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