World Bulletin/News Desk
A Senegalese court on Monday turned down a request to temporarily release Karim Wade, the son of former President Abdoulaye Wade, who is being tried on charges of amassing a huge wealth illegally when his father was president between 2000 and 2012.
Henri Gregoire Diop, the chief judge of the Court of Illicit Enrichment in Senegalese capital Dakar, said his court had prevented people who used to hamper court work on several occasions.
"This means that Wade's temporary release will provoke tensions and harm general security in Senegal," he added.
Nevertheless, the judge said the defendant could still communicate with witnesses in the case.
The same court, meanwhile, turned down another request for the temporary release of Mamadou Pouye, one of the defendants in the same case and a partner of Wade.
Wade's trial started on July 30, but the chief judge had to suspend it several times against the background of continual protests by the defendants' lawyers who challenged the court jurisdiction.
Wade's defense team consists of ten lawyers who include a prime minister under his father and a former foreign minister under incumbent President Macky Sall.
Wade was appointed Infrastructure, International Cooperation and Air Transport Minister during his father's rule. He was put in jail in April of 2013, a year after his father lost Senegal's presidential elections in 2012.
He is accused of amassing illicit gains amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. He has to justify the legality of possessing eight luxury cars, two houses, a number of air aviation companies and some properties in Monaco and Singapore.
If proven guilty, Wade can be handed a jail term between five and ten years according to Senegal's criminal code.
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