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Senegal ex-president's son on trial for corruption

Karim Wade, son of Senegal's former President Abdoulaye Wade, arrives at a courthouse in Dakar on July 31, 2014 flanked by two prison guards for the start of his trial on charges of illicit enrichmentThe flamboyant “super minister” son of former Senegalese leader Abdoulaye Wade went on trial Thursday accused of accumulating a multi-million dollar fortune through corruption while in office. Karim Wade, 45, is alleged to have corruptly acquired companies and real estate worth almost $240 million (180 million euros) and has been in custody in Dakar for more than a year. Wade, dressed all in white, told the packed Dakar anti-corruption court in his opening statement that he was a “political prisoner”.

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