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Ex-Senegal leader's son starts corruption trial

Thursday - 7/31/2014, 11:39am  ET

Supporters of Karim Wade, the son of former Senegal president Abdoulaye Wade, stand among Senegal Police, foreground, as they await his arrival at court, in the city of Dakar, Senegal, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million. Karim Wade served as a government minister during his father's tenure and prosecutors have charged him with illicit enrichment. (AP Photo/Sylvain Cherkaoui)

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The son of Senegal's president is going on trial after more than a year in jail, accused of illegally amassing some $248 million.

Karim Wade served as a government minister during his father's tenure and prosecutors have charged him with illicit enrichment.

On Thursday, Judge Henry Gregoire Diop read the allegations against Wade, who identified himself as a "banker and current political prisoner."

Wade's supporters say that the trial against him is part of a political vendetta being waged by President Macky Sall, who defeated Wade's father at the polls in 2012.

Wade's attorney Amadou Sall told reporters he will prove that the bank accounts in question have been wrongly linked to the ex-president' son. If convicted, Wade faces up to 10 years in prison.


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