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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 BCME.

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.



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