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Canada Senegal: From presumed passers judged in the "Doudou Faye" case

01:25  28 april  2021
01:25  28 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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A Senegalese court has sentenced three fathers to a month in prison for paying smugglers to take their sons to Europe. One of the boys, 15-year-old Ousmane Faye , died at sea in October. He was a talented footballer who hoped to join an academy in Italy. Faye 's father did not tell his wife he was sending their son abroad, the court heard, wanting it to be a surprise. The court in the city of Mbour also gave the fathers two-year suspended sentences for endangering lives. This is the first time parents of undocumented migrants have been sentenced to jail in Senegal , the BBC's Ndèye Khady Lo reports

A Senegalese court has sentenced three fathers to a month in prison for paying smugglers to take their sons to Europe. One of the boys, 15-year-old Ousmane Faye , died at sea in October. He was a talented footballer who hoped to join an academy in Italy. The court in the city of Mbour also gave the fathers two-year suspended sentences for endangering lives. This is the first time parents of undocumented migrants have been sentenced to jail in Senegal , the BBC's Ndèye Khady Lo reports from the capital, Dakar.

Entrée du tribunal de Mbour à 80 km au sud de Dakar. © Thea Ollivier / RFI Entrance to the Mbour Court 80 km south of Dakar.

New rebound in Senegal in the case "Doudou Faye" which had aroused a wave of emotion in the country. The young teenager who dreamed of becoming a footballer had died at sea, while he was on a clandestine pirogue, en route to Europe last fall. Two suspects were arrested in February and faced Judge Tuesday, April 27 at a hearing at the Mbour Court, 80 kilometers south of Dakar.

with our correspondent in Dakar, Thea Ollivier

The two Omar Brothers and Lamine Guèye responded in a voice affirmed to the questions of the judge and the prosecutor. Installed behind the bar for almost an hour, they denied having organized the trip from Doudou Faye and other migrants who wanted to join Europe in last fall. Accused of "endangering for the life of others" and "trafficking of migrants", they risk between 2 and 10 years in prison.

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A teenage son of one of the Senegalese men died at sea trying to reach Spain’s Canary Islands. # Doudou # Faye #Men #jailed #paying #smugglers #sons # Senegal .

Senegalese in most part all well treated in America , Americans also are well treated in Senegal but sometimes tragedy strike and we are left with one solution. Coming together in love and help each other . May ALLAH bless Senegal and America and all the good people of the world . Mohammed Khabeer Cisse, un jeune Américain bon et dévoué qui est venu au Sénégal pour apprendre l'islam a été violemment assassiné. nous demandons à Allah de le bénir avec Jannatoul Firdawsi. Nous sommes sénégalais vivant partout dans le monde et à plusieurs reprises, nous nous sommes réunis pour aider

ME Abdoulaye Tall, their lawyer, states that these presumed smugglers are simply the neighbors of those responsible. There would be a mistake on their identity.

"We will demonstrate and characterize their innocence, their non-involvement in the facts that are worth a appearance before that jurisdiction. They heard the name of Doudou Faye for the first time in the media. Better, they do not even know the father of Doudou Faye. All this advisions in favor of the defendants and we consider that they are elements that militate to a relaxation decision "

at the bar were also present as witnesses Family Fathers - including that of Doudou Faye - who had been sentenced to Two years in prison including one month firm for embarking their children in a clandestine canoe. It was the ones who had given between 400 and 600 euros to smugglers to pay for the trip to Europe.

According to the Prosecutor, these testimonies are contradictory to the remarks given at their trial last December. The hearing was therefore referred to May 4th.

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