Senegal Court rejects detained Khalifa Sall’s appeal to reverse his imprisonment
The Supreme Court of Senegal upheld the prison sentence of former Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall by rejecting his appeal on Thursday, January 4 to reverse his five-year of imprisonment. He was also fined of 1.83 billion CFA francs (around 2.7 million euros) imposed by the Court for 'fraud involving public funds'.
Khalifa Sall was detained with five of his employees for embezzlement in March 2017. He is charged with conspiracy, complicity in forgery and use of forgery in private business records, forgery and use of forgery in administrative documents, misappropriation, tax fraud and money laundering. Despite being in prison, he announced his candidature in July last year for the presidential election of February 2019. Over 53,000 supporting signatures received in favour of his candidature to run for election.
He is one of the five presidential candidates whose sponsorship file was validated by the Constitutional Council. As one of the main opponents of Macky Sall, Senegal's current President, Khalifa Sall has always denied the charges arguing that he had 'political funds' at his disposal, which traditionally he was eligible to spend at his discretion.
Thursday's ruling is likely to bar Khalifa Sall from the February 24 vote, Vincent Rouget, a senior analyst with Control Risks in London, said in emailed comments.