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Senegalese singer Thione Seck on trial in counterfeit money case

Senegalese singer Thione Seck goes on trial in Dakar as he faces accusations of involvement in a counterfeit money scheme. "The charges have no legal merit," says Ousmane Seye, Seck's lawyer.

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