Friday, 9 November 2012

Senegal`s Ex-Minister summoned by Police over illegal wealth

 Former Senegalese minister Karim Wade, who is son to ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, is ordered to appear before the department of the Senegalese gendarmerie on Nov. 15 over suspicion of illegal wealth acquisition. The order was made on Thursday in Dakar, the capital of the West African country, by the prosecutor at the Anti-Corruption Court (CREI), Alioune Ndao.
Ndao said several other ex-ministers will be investigated, including former urbanization minister Oumar Sarr, mining minister Abdoulaye Balde, foreign minister Madicke Niang and energy minister Samuel Sarr.
According to the special prosecutor at CREI, Senegal will seek support from France, the United States and Canada to repatriate illegally acquired wealth.
After elected in March 2012, current President Macky Sall promised to do everything possible to recover wealth illegally acquired by former leaders.
Meanwhile Egyptian security forces arrested Thursday a Jihadist leader accused of implementing terrorist operations in Arish, the capital city of North Sinai Governorate.
Security sources told Xinhua Ahmed Allaam al-Khefny was arrested in an apartment in Arish's district of Zohour, adding that the Egyptian police also confiscated his lap-top.
Khefny was sentenced to 25 years in prison in September for participating in assaulting police and security officers guarding Arish police station and a bank in June, 2011.
The attack over Arish police station left seven people killed and 16 policemen injured.
On Tuesday, an Egyptian checkpoint was attacked by some extremists in Arish, leaving one police officer injured.
Earlier this month, Egyptian Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal ordered to sack the security chief of North Sinai over an assault by local militants on a police car in Arish, which left three policemen killed and another one injured. (Xinhua)

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