Senegal opposition leader Ousmane Sonko sentenced to prison for ‘corrupting youth’
02 June 2023 | 10:37 am
Senegalese leading opposition figure, Ousmane Sonko has been sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday for “corrupting youth”. The court acquitted Sonko, a candidate in the 2024 presidential election, of rape charges and issuing death threats, but jailed him for corrupting the country's young people.
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Clashes between supporters of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko and the police have killed at least 15 people. The violence erupted after he was sentenced to two years in prison.
Police and protestors clashed again in Senegal's capital Dakar on Friday as unrest picked up one day after a jail sentence for opposition politician Ousmane Sonko sparked some of the deadliest violence in the country in recent memory.
Recent deadly opposition protests have dented the image the West African country once enjoyed as a beacon of democracy. Experts now say the political standoff could negatively affect the economy.
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