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”.
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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