Karim Wade, the son of former Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade, is being detained by police as charges against him relating to a probe into illegal enrichment are being considered, the Justice Ministry said.
Senegalese President Macky Sall has shut 59 state institutions and begun audits of government projects after ending the 12-year rule of Abdoulaye Wade, improving investors’ outlook for the West African nation.
Senegal is trying to position itself as a center for Islamic finance in West Africa, where about 52 percent of the population is Muslim, as the government pursues changes that will enable the first sales of sukuk.
A special court of African judges opened in Senegal to prepare a case against former Chadian president Hissene Habre, who’s accused of causing the deaths of more than 40,000 people and torture during his eight-year rule.
French President Francois Hollande is using his first official trip to Africa to bolster his drive for military action against Islamist groups in northern Mali that are threatening to expand throughout the region.