Senegal ex-president’s son released from jail

The son of Senegal’s ex-President, Abdoulaye Wade, has been freed from prison after receiving a presidential pardon, the government has said.
Karim Wade served three years of a six-year sentence for illegally enriching himself during his father’s rule, the BBC reports.
He left Senegal immediately after his release for Qatar, the government added.
The ex-president’s son was charged with corruption after President Macky Sall took power in 2012.

He defeated Abdoulaye Wade in that year’s election and pledged to tackle corruption.
Karim Wade was also fined $230m (£150m) for illegally accumulating a fortune of at least $200m.
He had hidden away funds in offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands and Panama, a court ruled.
The payment of the fine was not covered by the pardon, Mr. Sall’s office said in a statement.
The opposition Senegalese Democratic Party chose Karim Wade as its presidential candidate for the 2019 polls while he was in prison.
It is unclear whether he is still eligible to run for the presidency.

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