FILE - A banner with a picture of Dakar's mayor Khalifa Sall, in jail awaiting trial for what supporters say are politically motivated embezzlement charges, is on display in front of his offices in Dakar on July 31, 2017, a day after legislative elec
FILE - A banner with a picture of Dakar's mayor Khalifa Sall, in jail awaiting trial for what supporters say are politically motivated embezzlement charges, is on display in front of his offices in Dakar on July 31, 2017, a day after legislative elec

DAKAR - 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.