Two Senegalese members of parliament jailed for assaulting a pregnant colleague in parliament

Dakar, Senegal: Two Senegalese opposition members have been sentenced Monday to 6 months in jail for bodily attacking a feminine colleague in parliament.

In a case that sparked an acrimonious debate about democracy in Senegal, pro-government lawmaker Amy Ndiaye was slapped after which kicked within the abdomen throughout a chaotic session of the Nationwide Meeting.

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MPs Mamadou Niang and Massata Samb have been every given six months in jail after a trial that started on 19 December.

They have been additionally every fined 100,000 CFA francs ($150) and ordered to pay 5 million francs in damages. The prosecutor had requested for 2 years in jail.

The bust occurred on December 1, throughout a routine vote on the Ministry of Justice’s price range.

It was sparked by feedback Ndiaye had made about Serigne Moustapha Sy, an influential Muslim chief who helps the opposition however just isn’t a lawmaker.

After order was restored, Ndiaye fainted and was hospitalized – her lawyer Baboucar Cisse mentioned she was pregnant and there have been fears she would possibly lose her youngster.

She has since left the hospital however “remains in an extremely difficult situation,” Cisse mentioned.

The incident sparked a fierce debate about parliamentary discourse and assaults on girls. It notably coincided with an data marketing campaign in opposition to home violence.

Senegal is broadly seen as a beacon of stability and democracy in West Africa – a area infamous for coups and dictatorships.

Legislative elections in July led to a digital tie, requiring President Macky Sall’s celebration to type a coalition to retain energy.

Sall was elected to a seven-year time period in 2012 and was re-elected for a five-year time period in 2019. He has not revealed his plans for the subsequent presidential vote, scheduled for 2024.

Niang and Samb, who have been arrested on December 15, weren’t current in court docket.

“They will remain in prison pending an appeal,” one in every of their attorneys, Abdy Nar Ndiaye, advised AFP.

They denied punching the lawmaker, regardless of video proof on the contrary.

Their attorneys argued that the couple have been immune from prosecution, given their standing as lawmakers, however this was rejected by the court docket.

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