Senegal’s special court sentenced the son of former president to six years in prison after he was found guilty of graft, Reuters reported.
Karim Wade, the only son of former Senegalese leader Aboulaye Wade, was also ordered to pay a 138 billion CFA franc ($228 million) fine. The conviction has dashed Karim’s hopes of contesting in the West African country’s 2017 presidential elections.
The conviction was announced after the main opposition Senegalese Democratic Party chose Karim Wade as its 2017 flagbearer on Saturday. This had risen stakes ahead of the Monday’s verdict.
Karim Wade, a former Super Minister in his father’s government, had been in detention since April 2013. The detention followed the defeat of President Wade by his former Prime Minister and Speaker of Parliament in 2012 presidential polls. President Macky Sall had earlier warned againt any attempt to destabilise the country.
President Sall, who was the former Campaign Manager of President Wade, has vowed to defeat endemic corruption within the government.