The mayor of Dakar is charged in a murder case dating back to 2011. The shooting death of a sympathizer of the Senegalese Democratic Darti (PDS), Ndiaga Diouf. This extension comes in a political context before the election with legislative elections scheduled for July 31, 2022.
Barthélémy Dias was not present in Dakar’s court this Wednesday morning. On the other hand, as at every hearing, the former mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Sall, was there, in the front row, in a white boubou.
In fact, when the new date was announced, Barthélémy Dias was on her way to court, in a convoy, with the sirens, horns of the force and with Ousmane Sonko, opposition coalition leader Yewwi Askan Wi. The tour was filmed and broadcast live on social media.
On Tuesday night, Ousmane Sonko called on activists to mobilize for support the mayor of Dakar “Which will remain so, against all odds,” he said. This raised concerns about the risk of tensions, as the stakes are high for Barthélémy Dias.
During the trial in early March, the prosecutor had requested five years in prison against him. Barthélémy Dias has already been convicted “for deadly blows” if so. In 2017, he was sentenced to two years in prison, including six months in prison, but he had appealed, to “wash his honor”, according to him.
During the trial, Dakar’s new mayor had condemned a “political” procedure. His lawyers invoked “self-defense.” For one of them, Me Ousseynou Fall, the extension of the deliberations to September 21 allows “to appease” the spirits “during a turbulent period”, he said, before the parliamentary elections.