Senegal: Two majority MPs convicted of trafficking in false passports

Mamadou Sall was sentenced to two years in prison, including six months, and Boubacar Biaye to two years and five months. The case has been shaking the National Assembly since last September.
Fake 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 “mastermind” of the scam, this trader was sentenced to two years in prison, including ten months in prison.
Mamadou Sall and Boubacar Biaye, elected members of the Benno Bokk Yakaar presidential coalition, had denied any involvement in the trafficking and blamed the “intermediary”, who they said had used their personal documents without their knowledge. But the court was not convinced.
During the trial, the prosecutor had pointed the finger at “counterfeit deputies” who “used their privileges to rob poor people instead of serving the Republic. Contacted by telephone, the lawyer of the elected representatives, Me Antoine Mbengue, believes that they are on the contrary “victims of their position within the presidential majority. While waiting for a consultation with his clients, he does not exclude making an appeal.

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