Wade's son charged with corruption
18 April 2013, 13:11
Dakar - The son of Senegal's former leader Abdoulaye Wade
was charged with corruption on Wednesday by detectives investigating his vast
fortune, valued at more than $1bn, his lawyer told AFP.
Karim Wade, who held a number of cabinet posts during his
father's presidency, "has just been charged with illicit enrichment and
placed in custody", said El Hadji Amadou Sall.
Wade is alleged to have acquired a number of foreign
companies and real estate by corrupt means, including Dubai Port World, which
runs the port container terminal in Senegal's capital Dakar and Moroccan bank
The 44-year-old's arrest on Monday came just hours after his
legal team had filed a dossier of more than 2 000 pages in response to an order
from the anti-corruption court to explain the provenance of assets allegedly
worth over $1.4bn.
Wade, who was not present at the court, denies corruption
and says his vast fortune is entirely legitimate.