Senegal Suspends Sentence of Opposition Leader

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A court in Senegal has handed a six-month suspended sentence and a $300,000 fine to a leading opposition politician Ousmane Sonko.

Sonko, who was found guilty of defaming the country’s tourism minister received a two month suspended sentence in March.

But the prosecution called for a heavier sentence following an appeal.

The politician did not appear in court on Monday for the appeal hearing and announced he would no longer respond to court summonses unless his security could be guaranteed.

Written by: Helen Obih

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