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Senegal ex-minister in police custody

2012-06-21 21:26

Dakar - Senegal's former interior minister Ousmane Ngom was held in police custody on Thursday after his arrest which is believed to be linked to a probe by the new regime into graft by former officials.

A source close to the case said that Ngom was "in custody" in Dakar, after initially being taken in for questioning while on the campaign trail in Kolda in southern Senegal.

While reasons for his arrest were not given, the former interior minister was among several officials from Abdoulaye Wade's former regime who were recently summoned for questioning in relation to a probe into ill-gotten gains.

However he had left the courthouse after a long wait to be questioned and local media suggested on Thursday that he could be charged with contempt of court.

He then said he would not comply with any police summons before legislative elections are held, urging other former regime officials to follow suit.

Ngom came under fire during March presidential elections for the repression of opposition protests which sparked near-daily riots in Dakar amid anger over Wade's disputed bid for a third term in office which left about six dead.

Wade was roundly beaten at the ballot box by Macky Sall in a second round of voting.

Sall's new government recently opened a special court to look into fraud and ill-gotten gains.