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Senegal opposition activist sentenced to 2 years

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Posted: Oct 20, 2011 9:39 AM
Senegal opposition activist sentenced to 2 years

A court in Senegal has sentenced an opposition activist to two years in prison for issuing death threats against the judge who heads the country's Constitutional Council.

Malick Seck was convicted over a letter he attempted to deliver to the home of the chief justice. In the letter, Seck denounces the council's silence over President Abdoulaye Wade's decision to run for a controversial third term and says the judge will pay the price.

The Constitutional Council will decide whether Wade has the right to run for a third term.

The court said Thursday that the contents of the letter are a threat. In coming months, the council will determine the validity of Senegal's presidential candidates for a February 2012 vote.

Most constitutional scholars in Senegal say Wade's bid for a third term is illegal and anti-constitutional.