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Prosecutors in Senegal attraction opposition chief’s sentence Lalrp

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DAKAR, Senegal — Prosecutors in Senegal who had sought two years in jail for opposition chief Ousmane Sonko have filed an attraction after he was given a a lot lighter, two-month suspended sentence for his conviction on libel fees in a case his supporters say was politically motivated.

The end result of Thursday’s verdict permits Sonko to run for president subsequent yr although he nonetheless faces unrelated prison fees in a pending rape case that might disqualify him if he’s convicted. Sonko is extensively considered as the highest opposition candidate in Senegal’s elections subsequent yr.

Sonko has not but determined whether or not to attraction the sentence within the libel case, his lawyer Bamba Cisse advised The Related Press.

Sonko was additionally ordered to pay about $330,000 to Tourism Minister Mame Mbaye Niang, who accused the politician of defamation and public insults.

Neither Sonko nor his legal professionals had been current on Thursday when the decision and sentence had been delivered.

Every of Sonko’s earlier court docket appearances led to protests within the streets of Dakar, the capital, and Sonko himself was forcibly faraway from his car by police on two events. Demonstrations have taken place not solely in Dakar however in cities all through the nation.

Sonko’s supporters see the fees towards him as the newest try to chop brief his political profession. Sonko completed third in Senegal’s 2019 presidential election and has referred to as on President Macky Sall to declare publicly that he gained’t search a 3rd time period.

The ruling get together says Sall must be allowed to run after a constitutional change in 2016 — made whereas Sall was president — which modified presidential phrases to 5 years.

Sonko additionally faces rape fees primarily based on accusations from a feminine worker of a therapeutic massage salon who mentioned she was assaulted by him. If convicted, he faces as much as 10 years in jail and could be barred from working for president. No date has been set but for the that trial.