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1 000s demand release of Wade's son

24 April 2013, 15:52

Dakar - At least 2 500 people demonstrated in Dakar on Tuesday to demand the release of Karim Wade, the son and former minister of Senegal's ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, police said.

Karim Wade was jailed last week on charges of corruption after accumulating a vast fortune valued at more than $1bn.

The protest march through the capital was organised by the former ruling Senegalese Democratic Party of Abdoulaye Wade and included several former ministers who have also been questioned on suspicion of illegally making themselves rich when in power.

Under Senegalese law, investigators will have a maximum of six months to investigate the younger Wade, 44, who denies corruption and disputes ownership of many of the assets attributed to him.

Senegal's current president, Macky Salle, who defeated the elder Wade in elections last year, has launched audits into the finances of political rivals.



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