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Court sentences two Senegalese lawmakers to jail for assaulting pregnant colleague
Court sentences two Senegalese lawmakers to jail for assaulting pregnant colleague

Two lawmakers in Senegal who physically attacked their pregnant female colleague during parliament, have each been slapped with six-month jail terms.

MP Massata Samb, on December 1, attacked his colleague identified as Amy Ndiaye from the gallery over remarks she had made against Moustapha Sy, the leader of a member of the main opposition coalition, the Party of Unity and Gathering, who is not a member of parliament but is an influential Senegalese marabout.

Videos which made rounds on the internet showed Massata Samb and his colleague Mamadou Niang kicking the pregnant Mrs. Ndiaye in her stomach and slapping her during assembly.

After calmness was restored, Ndiaye collapsed and was rushed to a hospital for medical attention. Her lawyer Baboucar Cisse disclosed that there were fears she could lose her unborn child, she added her client has since left hospital but “remains in an extremely difficult situation”.

MPs Massata Samb and Mamadou Niang were both sentenced on Monday, January 2. Mr Niang and Mr Samb, who were apprehended on 15 December, were not present in court during the sentencing. Their lawyers argued the pair were immune from prosecution, given their status as politicians, but this was turned down by the court.

They denied the assault allegation on Ms Ndiaye, despite video evidence to the contrary.

In addition to the jail terms, both were fined 100,000 CFA francs ($240) and ordered to pay five million francs ($12,000) in damages. Prosecutors had sought two-year terms.

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