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.
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.