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Senegal opposition leader sentenced to five years in jail for graft | Gambia News Online

A Senegalese court on Friday sentenced opposition leader Khalifa Sall to five years in prison for corruption and falsifying documents.

The 62-year-old Dakar mayor and seven co-defendants were accused of misappropriating US$2.85 million of city funds between 2011 and 2015.

He however denied the charges, a position his supporters back saying they are politically motivated.

Khalifa Sall was arrested a year ago.

Prosecutors sought a seven year sentence for him and his co-accused.

Prior to his arrest, he was seen as a potential rival to President Macky Sall in elections expected next year.

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