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Yearbook 2015

Senegal. At the end of March, Karim Wade, son of former President Abdoulaye Wade, was sentenced to six years in prison and the equivalent of SEK 1.9 billion in fines for corruption. According to COUNTRYAAH, Wade had hidden money in companies registered in Panama and the British Virgin Islands. However, Wade was acquitted on several charges. His defender dismissed the trial as politically motivated and the verdict appealed. Wade's father called for protests against the verdict and supporters of the Senegal Democratic Party (PDS), to which the Wade family belongs, gathered for rallies outside Karim Wade's house. Some day before the verdict fell, PDS had appointed Karim Wade as the party's candidate in the 2017 presidential election. Because of his extensive responsibilities, he was popularly called "minister of heaven and earth". In August, the Supreme Court upheld both the prison sentence and the fine imposed. The judgments against five other former government members who were also sentenced to prison for corruption in March were also upheld by the Supreme Court.

2015 Senegal

At the end of January, Senegal reopened the border with Guinea. The border was closed in August 2014 due to the Ebola epidemic in the neighboring country in the south. In early May, the government announced that Senegal would send 2,100 soldiers to Yemen to support Saudi Arabia's actions against the Huthirbels.

After a 19-month investigation, in April a judge from Burkina Faso could be appointed to lead the trial of Hissène Habré, president of Chad in 1982–90. The trial began in a special court in July. Habré, who has lived in exile in Senegal since 1990, was charged with crimes against humanity during his years in power. The president disputed the court's right to convict him but was forced to appear. His defense attorneys failed, however, and the judge appointed three new ones in their place. The trial was then postponed until September so that the lawyers would have time to prepare the defense. When the negotiations resumed, Habré was brought into the courtroom by masked security guards because he refused to participate in the trial. He should also have refused to communicate with his defense lawyers.

In October, it was announced that the trial was postponed again, this time to sometime in early 2016.

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