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Friday, October 21, 2011

Senegal ALERT: Court jails opposition actvist over President Wade's third term

An opposition youth activist in Senegal was  on October 20, 2011 jailed for two years over his protest letter to the constitutional court asking it to reject the third term candidacy of the incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade for the 2012 presidential election.

 Until his conviction, Malick Noel Seck, General Secretary for Socialist Convergence, a youth movement linked to the Senegalese Socialist party, had been in detention at the Criminal Investigations Department since his arrest on October 11.

 He was convicted on three counts of contempt of court, issuing death threats and assault.  

 Seck reportedly denounced the long silence of the constitutional court over attempts   by President Wade to contest next year’s election after serving his second term in office.

“When we take to the streets, we will come in bigger numbers for you to account for your actions. Life is expensive, and so is death. Facing up to the situation requires dignity. No one will say we did not give you the opportunity to face up to us,” was the last part of the letter to judges of the constitutional court.

 Lawyers of Seck have condemned his conviction and expressed their interest to appeal the case.

The constitutional council will decide the validity of President Wade’s candidature in January 2012, ahead of the election on February 26, 2012.

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