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Detention of French woman Colleen Fay in Senegal: MPs demand “urgent intervention” from Paris

Detention of French woman Colleen Fay in Senegal: MPs demand “urgent intervention” from Paris

Detention of French woman Colleen Fay in Senegal: MPs demand “urgent intervention” from Paris

They condemn the “authoritarian abuses” of the Dakar regime. Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna is called on to urgently intervene to “secure the release” of a French woman arrested in Senegal while taking part in a demonstration, in an open letter signed by two left-wing MPs and her lawyer.

“We would like to ask you to draw your attention to the alarming situation of Colleen Fay,” an environmental activist who is “currently imprisoned” in Senegal, environmentalist Aurélien Taché, Insoumise Sofia Chikiru and lawyer Juan Branco wrote in a letter dated Thursday. . According to them, the girl was arrested on November 17 in front of the Supreme Court of Dakar, “while she was peacefully participating in a demonstration.” She is accused of “conspiracy against state power,” her lawyer says, for which she faces a harsh sentence.

Atmosphere of “political tension”

Authorities in Dakar did not respond to requests about the conditions of his arrest or what he is accused of. “Faced with this alarming situation, we call on your urgent intervention to ensure Madame Fay’s release and the protection of her fundamental rights,” the MPs and lawyer added in their letter. For elected officials and counsel, the arrest “is part of the atmosphere of political tension in Senegal” and “the authoritarian excesses perpetrated by the Dakar regime under Macky Sall against dissident voices and popular movements, especially those associated with the political opposition led by Ousmane Sonko .

Colin Fay’s lawyer, Juan Branco, is also the lawyer for Ousmane Sonko, who is currently imprisoned and wants to run in the February 2024 presidential elections. The opponent was found guilty in June of corruption of a minor and sentenced to two years in prison. He was jailed in late July on other charges including incitement to insurrection, criminal association in connection with terrorist activities and endangering state security.

In all these cases, he condemns a plot to prevent him from running in the presidential election, which the government denies. A Senegalese judge on Thursday ordered his reinstatement on the electoral rolls from which he was removed following his sentencing in June. But time is running out for his opponent, who must gather sponsorship and run for the presidential election by December 26.

Source: Le Parisien

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