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Senegal issues an international arrest warrant against French lawyer Juan Branco

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On Friday, July 14, Senegalese justice announced the issuance of an international arrest warrant against French lawyer Juan Branco for Senegalese opponent Ousmane Sonko, due to “Crimes and Misdemeanors” In connection with the disturbances that occurred in early June in Senegal.

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“After receiving the data, writings and posts” lawyer, “Elements which clearly have the potential to give rise to his criminal liability have been identified.”according to a press release from the prosecution sent to Agence France-Presse on Friday, in which it was announced “open a judicial investigation”. In addition, An arrest warrant has been requested for him.Adds text.

sequel after announcement

Juan Branco announced on June 22 that he had filed a complaint in France and a request for an investigation at the International Criminal Court in The Hague against Senegalese President Macky Sall for “crimes against humanity”after the worst unrest in Senegal in early June in years.


These actions for “crimes against humanity” Senegalese Interior Minister Antoine Félix Abdallah Dioumi, General Moussa Fall, commander of the Senegalese gendarmerie, as well as a hundred were also targeted. “other individuals”relating to the period from March 2021 to June 2023.

Attorney Osman Sonko gathered “I deeply express his great indignation in connection with an aberration of this kind against our colleague Juan Branco”in a press release published on Friday evening in Dakar, in response to the announcement of the Senegalese judiciary against their colleague.

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For the group, it is “just wrong” Lee is Branko “For denouncing, at the request of the relatives of the victims, the serious crimes allegedly committed in Senegal, for bringing them before the competent courts to try and convict all persons” about what “weigh assumptions”.

sequel after announcement

Juan Branco’s action with international and French justice has been described as “childish and funny” By Senegalese Foreign Minister Aissata Tal-Sall.

30 dead, according to the opposition

The two-year prison sentence of dissident Ousmane Sonko on June 1 caused serious unrest in Senegal, killing 16 official and 30 according to the opposition.

His arrest, following a complaint in a sex scandal, helped spark several days of deadly rioting, looting and destruction in March 2021 that left at least a dozen people dead.

The French Foreign Ministry announced to AFP Thursday that it had submitted a report to the French judicial authorities after the disclosure by Branko’s lawyer, V Recent PublicationsThe identity of the French embassy officials in Senegal, against the backdrop of unrest in Senegal.

Osman Sonko is crying a plot to keep him out of the presidential elections in February 2024 and his party is an estimated number “political prisoners”. The government denies both charges. On July 3, Macky Sall, who was elected in 2012 for a term of seven years and re-elected in 2019 for a term of five years, announced that he would not run for a new presidential term in 2024.

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