Senegal opposition leader charged with rape, protests continue

A court in Senegal charged opposition leader Ousmane Sonko with rape on Monday, after days of fierce protests against what his supporters say are “politically motivated” charges. Sonko, who was charged with raping a 20-year-old woman in a beauty salon, was released on bail after his court appearance in the capital Dakar, Sonko’s lawyer Bamba Cisse said. “[Sonko] shall neither leave the country without the judge’s approval and nor speak publicly about the rape charges,” Cisse added. Thousands of Sonko’s supporters protested against the charges in central Dakar on Monday, many of them violently …

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