Dakar Mayor Barthélémy Dias to Remain in Jail

Dakar Mayor Barthélémy Dias to Remain in Jail (News Central TV)

The jail term against the mayor of the capital city, Dakar Mayor Barthélémy Dias has been upheld by an appeal court in Senegal.

Dias, 46, had been found guilty of “intentional bodily harm resulting in death without intention to kill and illegal possession of weapons without authorisation”.

Dakar Mayor Barthélémy Dias to Remain in Jail (News Central TV)
Senegalese Socialist MP and member of the ruling coalition Barthelemy Dias leaves the courthouse in Dakar on December 1, 2016, where his case for intentional homicide during violent pre-election clashes in 2011 has been adjourned. He was filmed firing shots during clashes in the capital between supporters of former leader Abdoulaye Wade and current President Macky Sall, allegedly killing a man and injuring others. / AFP PHOTO / SEYLLOU

He was handed a six-month prison sentence as well as an 18-month suspended one over the 2011 death of a man during a political clash.

The parliamentarian was elected in February and is a strong opposition voice against President Macky Sall. He previously explained that he had acted in self-defence.

Dias’ lawyer wants the mayor to appeal again and says the implication of the verdict does not currently threaten his mayoral mandate.

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