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Ousman Sonko to be judged in the Adji Sarr alleged rape case

Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko will be tried on 16 May before the criminal division, Seneweb writes. This time, “Ousman Sonko will be tried for rape and death threats against the masseuse Adji Sarr in the Sweet Beauté case,“ reports RFM.

Following the prosecutor’s statement following the confrontation between Ousmane Sonko and the complainant Adji Sarr, the dean of judges Oumar Maham Diallo had decided in January to refer the case Sweet Beauty in trial before the criminal chamber.

The mayor of Ziguinchor is prosecuted for rape and death threats. The owner of the massage parlour, Ndeye Khady Ndiaye, is being prosecuted for incitement to debauchery, dissemination of images contrary to public decency and complicity in rape. In his closing remarks, the prosecutor argued that the silence adopted by the Pastef leader during the investigation, as well as his refusal to submit to a DNA test, “supports the victim’s accusations”.

The lawyers of the opponent had introduced, before the indictment division of the Court of Appeal of Dakar, a request for the cancellation of the referral order of the Doyen of Judges. Like this request, the cassation appeal filed with the Supreme Court was rejected earlier this week.

Meanwhile the appeal case of Mbaye Niang against Ousman Sonko (his appeal for defamation) is also set for 8 May, 2023.

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