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Saturday 1 November  

Senegal police summon ex-leader's son over graft claims

Published on 8 November 2012 - 8:44pm
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The son of Senegal's ex-president Abdoulaye Wade has been summoned by paramilitary police investigating graft allegations against him while a minister, an official said Thursday.

"Karim Wade has been summoned to appear in front of the paramilitary police investigative section on Thursday, November 15," Alioune Ndao, special attorney for the Court of Suppression of Illegal Enrichment, told journalists.

The younger Wade was already questioned twice in July in connection with the investigation launched after President Macky Sall won a March poll marred by violence over the 86-year-old Wade's bid to seek a third term in office.

Karim Wade, 44, was a divisive figure who many in Senegal saw as being groomed to succeed his father.

He was often criticised for alleged mismanagement of public finances and was nicknamed "super minister", or "the minister of the earth and the sky" after the elder Wade placed him in charge of international cooperation, air transport, infrastructure and energy.

He was also appointed head of the national arm of what is now the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation and tasked with major public works ahead of the group's summit in Dakar in 2008.

Case files concerning six other former leaders in Wade's administration, including four ex-ministers, have also been handed over to the paramilitary police, said Ndoye.

"This list is far from exhaustive. In the coming days other people could be added. We have received information of acts of corrupt practices with public funds. We are investigating."

The special illegal enrichment court was created in 1981 by then-president Abdou Diouf but was dormant for years until Sall reactivated it.

  • Karim Wade (R), son of Senegal's ex-president Abdoulaye Wade (L), holds a ...
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