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Senegal Court Gives Opposition Leader Sall Five Years for Embezzlement


FILE - A banner with a picture of Dakar's mayor Khalifa Sall is on display in front of his offices in Dakar, July 31, 2017.

A court in Senegal sentenced opposition leader Khalifa Sall on Friday to five years in prison for embezzlement and falsifying documents.

Sall was arrested a year ago on suspicion of embezzling 1.8 billion CFA francs ($3.40 million). Prior to his arrest, he was seen as a potential rival to President Macky Sall in elections expected next year.

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