Journalist in court for accusing President of money laundering

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El Malick Seck, the editor-in-chief the privately-owned Dakar based-daily “24 Heures Chrono”, will appear in a Dakar, Senegal, court shortly accused of libelling President Abdoulaye Wade. Seck was arrested 28 August following the publication of a lead story in his paper which implicated President Wade and his son, Karim, with money laundering — of money stolen in 2003 from the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire. According to the Senegalese criminal code, the author of the article will serve between six months and five years in prison and fined between 500,000 CFA and 1.5 million CFA if found guilty.

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