A number one opposition politician in Senegal, Ousmane Sonko, on Thursday acquired a two-month suspended jail sentence for libel in a case involving the tourism minister, the minister’s lawyer El Hadji Diouf stated.
The sentence won’t stop him from operating in presidential elections subsequent yr, one other lawyer additionally representing the tourism minister informed Reuters.
There was no fast assertion from Sonko‘s crew.
Sonko was charged with libel for accusing the tourism minister of embezzlement. He denied wrongdoing and beforehand stated the costs in opposition to him have been a tactic to get rid of him from the presidential race.
“The decision is the sentencing of Ousmane Sonko to 2 month with suspension and to pay 200 million CFA francs ($332,000),” Diouf informed Reuters.
The libel trial, and one other separate case during which Sonko is charged with sexual abuse, have spurred violent protests throughout the nation. Sonko has additionally denied wrongdoing within the sexual abuse case.