Senegal lifts immunity on MP accused of murder

2016-11-12 09:02

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Dakar - Senegalese lawmakers on Friday revoked an MP's immunity over charges that he gunned a man down in the street during pre-election clashes in 2011, paving the way for him to stand trial.

Barthelemy Dias, a socialist MP, was filmed firing shots during violent clashes in the capital between supporters of former leader Abdoulaye Wade and current President Macky Sall, allegedly killing a man and injuring others.

Wade lost the vote to Sall two months later.

Dias was charged with murder, assault and illegal possession of a firearm, but used his immunity to protect himself from standing trial.

On Friday MPs voted by a large margin to lift the privilege, after a trial due to begin on October 20 was abandoned.

Dias claimed he was acting in self defence and has denounced a "plot" against him.

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