Senegal Jails Ex-President’s Son on Corruption Charges

Karim Wade, the son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, was charged with illegal enrichment and is awaiting trial at a prison in the capital, Dakar, the Justice Ministry said.

“He was formally charged last night for illegal enrichment,” Justice Ministry spokesman Macoumba Mbodj said today by phone from Dakar. “Eight other people were charged with complicity.”

Karim Wade, 44, simultaneously held the portfolios of energy, infrastructure, international cooperation and urban planning in the government of his father, who lost last year’s presidential election.

During his time in office, he signed deals to build a coal-fired power plant and a new international airport outside the capital. A special court set up by President Macky Sall to try economic crimes has accused Karim Wade of amassing properties, vehicles and companies worth at least 694 billion CFA francs ($1.4 billion).

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