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US News Senegal: accused of rape, the opponent Sonko confronted with his accuser

13:00  07 december  2022
13:00  07 december  2022 Source:   leparisien.fr

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L'opposant Ousmane Sonko salue ses partisans, le 3 juillet 2022 à Ziguinchor, au Sénégal © Muhamadou Bittaye The opponent Ousmane Sonko greets his supporters, on July 3, 2022 to Ziguinchor, in Senegal

The main opponent of Senegalese Ousmane Sonko was confronted Tuesday , before an investigating judge of the Dakar court, to the one who accuses him of rape, a very followed case in the country, the lawyers of the two camps told the press.

At the end of a hearing of some seven hours started around 11:00 am (GMT and local) at the Dakar courthouse, before the investigating judge Oumar Maham Diallo, each camp accused the other of having refused To answer questions, according to their statements to the press.

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An important security device had been deployed throughout the city, especially around the court.

The questioning of Ousmane Sonko then his arrest in March 2021 had helped to trigger several days of riots, looting and destruction, which had left at least a dozen deaths.

Mr. Sonko, 48, candidate declared in the presidential election of 2024, was charged for rapes and death threats and placed under judicial supervision in March 2021, after being targeted in February 2021 by the complaint of Adji Sarr , an employee of a beauty salon where he was going to get a massage.

Des policiers devant le palais de justice de Dakar où est entendu l'opposant Ousmane Sonko, visé par des accusations de viols, le 3 novembre 2022 au Sénégal © John Wessels of the police in front of the Dakar courthouse where the opponent Ousmane Sonko was heard, targeted by accusations of rape, on November 3, 2022 in Senegal

"It was not a confrontation, it was a Massacre, "said Sonko briefly on Dakaracuctu private television after the hearing, in front of his home in Dakar.

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"I was a little disappointed. I expected a confrontation" but "he (Sonko) refused to speak. I did not recognize Ousmane (Sonko). He did not respond to the dean of the judges , to the lawyers and the prosecutor. I answered their questions, "said the Adji Sarr press in court.

"It is up to them (to the complainants) to bring the evidence of the accusations of rape. They gave no evidence. She (the accuser Adji Sarr) used her right not to answer the questions of the lawyers The dismissal is essential "in this case, a lawyer for Sonko, Henri Gomis, told the court at the end of the hearing.

"Ousmane Sonko refused to answer the questions of the prosecution and the lawyers. At the bar of the court, the evidence will come out", for his part indicated to the press El Hadji Diouf, an Adji Sarr lawyer, in allusion to A possible trial.

Mr. Sonko denounces a "conspiracy" to torpedo his candidacy for the presidential election of 2024. The camp of President Macky Sall refutes any instrumentalization of justice.

Ousmane Sonko, the third in the 2019 presidential election, has a discourse at the same time sovereignist, pan -Africanist and social, defending the elites and corruption. He also pounded the economic and political grip exercised according to him by the old French colonial power and the multinationals.

President Macky Sall, elected in 2012 for seven years and re -elected in 2019 for five years, remains silent on his intentions to represent for the presidential election of 2024.

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