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SENEGAL: Members of the Assembly press to lift Ousmane Sonko’s parliamentary immunity

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The deputy and leader of Pastef les Patriotes, Ousmane Sonko, had put forward his parliamentary immunity not to defer to the summons of the investigators. Since Thursday, February 11, MPs have begun the process of lifting this shield that protects the 46-year-old MP. A procedure that begins this Monday, February 15 with the establishment of the ad hoc commission in charge of investigating the alleged facts of Ousmane Sonko.

The law commission headed by Master Djibril War, meets this Monday, February 15 in the National Assembly to set up the ad hoc commission in charge of conducting the investigation to decide whether or not to lift the parliamentary immunity of the deputy and leader of Pastef, Ousmane Sonko.

The Law Commission will propose a list of members to compose the Ad Hoc Commission. This list will then be validated in plenary by all MEPs.

Once the commission is officially established, its members will form a “parliamentary court” trying to deepen the investigation. They will summon Ousmane Sonko, who will also be able to be represented, in order to know the accused’s version of the facts for which he must be prosecuted. At the end of this examination, the ad hoc committee will produce a final report to decide on the lifting of its parliamentary immunity. 

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Another plenary session will be required. To deliver their conclusions, the president of the Law Commission, Me Djibril War, the rapporteur of the Law Commission, the incriminating MP in this case Ousmane Sonko and a vote against the decision taken by the commission will take the floor. This is the last stage of the procedure at the end of which MEPs will be asked to vote on whether or not to waive Ousmane Sonko’s parliamentary immunity.

The leader of Pastef les Patriotes, who came third in the last presidential elections held on 24 February 2019, is accused of rape and death threats by a masseuse named Adji Sarr. She works at the Sweet Beauty Salon, where the hon. member went for lumbar pain.

       

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