Families of victims condemn Senegalese opposition to French court ruling in Joola ferry disaster

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A group of the families of the victims of the 2002 ”Joola” ferry disaster which claimed over 1,000 lives have expressed support for the French Judge who issued international arrest warrants against nine Senegalese officials, including former Senegalese Prime Minister Madior Boye. The group, which comprises Senegalese and French families of the victims, expressed their support for the French Judge of Evry Court during a news conference Tuesday. The group also denounced the Senegalese government for failing to honour its commitments to the families of victims. “Six years after, Senegal refused to make the smallest effort to meet the legitimate demands of the families of victims,” Mr. Nassardine Aïdara, a member of the group, said, a few days to the sixth anniversary of tragedy. Mr. Aidara accused the Senegalese authorities of trying to erase the memory of the victims and the disaster.He questioned why the Senegalese government has closed the case. The ”Joola” ferry capsized 50kms off the Gambian shores 26 September 2002, killing 1,864 persons and leaving 64 survivors.

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