two deputies of the majority convicted of trafficking in counterfeit

Mamadou Sall faces two years in prison, including six months, and Boubacar Biaye two years and five months. The deal has shaken the National Assembly since September last year.

as reported from Dakar, Charlotte Idrac

False marriage certificates with parliamentarians to obtain diplomatic passports for fictitious wives: this is what El Hadj Diadié Condé promised, based on his relations with MPs Mamadou Sall and Boubacar Biaye. Presented as the “brain” of the scam, this trader was sentenced to two years in prison, including ten months.

Mamadou Sall and Boubacar Biaye, elected by the presidential coalition Benno Bokk Yakaar, had denied any involvement in this traffic and blamed the “middleman”, who according to them had used their personal documents without their knowledge. But the court was not convinced.

During the trial, the prosecutor had pointed the finger at “falsification of deputies”, who “used their privileges to rob poor people instead of serving the republic”. Reached by telephone, the lawyer for the elected representatives, Me Antoine Mbengue, says that on the contrary, they are “victims of their position in the presidential majority”. Pending consultation with your customers, you do not rule out appealing.

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