Follow the trial of Bah Diakhate and Imam Ndao live on PressAfrik

Follow the trial of Bah Diakhate and Imam Ndao live on PressAfrik
Follow the trial of Bah Diakhate and Imam Ndao live on PressAfrik
At 11:55 a.m., Imam Ndao clarifies: “What I told the police is that if they think I am wrong, I can ask for forgiveness for peace. And as Sonko is a Muslim like me, I am ready to ask him for forgiveness.”

At 11:50 a.m., Imam Ndao declares: “If you want, you can lock me up for 10 years because I didn’t know that it was forbidden. I learned it today.” The prosecutor asks him if he regrets it. Imam Ndao replies that it will depend on how things go. “I am not part of any political party. If I spoke the way I did, it’s because I have religion and that’s what interests me.”

Imam Ndao adds: “I was forced to sign the report, my lawyers were not present. They did not inform me of my right to have a lawyer.”

At 11:42 a.m., Imam Ndao mentions Adji Sarr saying that she had accused Sonko of inappropriate behavior, and it is these comments that he repeated.

At 11:38 a.m., Imam Ndao turns around and admits to having made certain remarks against Sonko. However, he declares: “I was only advising Ousmane Sonko. I simply repeated comments I found on the Internet. I didn’t want Sonko to get in trouble. Most of the things I said, I heard them from Bah Diakhate. I repeat, these are not my words.”

At 11:34 a.m., Imam Ndao affirms: “I never said that I had made a mistake and that I asked Ousmane Sonko for forgiveness. I maintain that in the police report, the investigators wrote it, but I never said it.”

At 11:32 a.m., Bah Diakhate declares: “I was addressing Ousmane Sonko as leader of Pastef, but not as a minister. I never accused Sonko. There are two audio recordings, the one from 2024 and the one from 2024.”

However, these remarks were contested by Imam Ndao, claiming to have heard Mr. Diakhate make his accusations against Sonko.

At 11:29 a.m., Imam Ndao claims that during his interrogation by the police, the investigators forced him to confess in the absence of his lawyer. He says they manipulated the audio recording, cutting certain parts to show only what suited them, and omitting the rest. The imam insists he is a man of faith and that the audio in question was recorded after the protests at UCAD. According to him, in this recording, he was giving lessons.

At 11:26 a.m., the judge finished reading the various accusations against the two accused. Imam Ndao contested the facts with which he is accused. 11:28 a.m., followed by Bah Diakhate, who also denied the accusations against him.

The case was called to the stand at 11:17 a.m. The two accused took the stand in traditional outfits. Bah Diakhate wore a white caftan, while imam Cheikh Tidiane Ndao was dressed in a large green boubou. The courtroom was full, with a strong presence of activists from the Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition. Our reporter on site alerts us to the presence of Moustapha Diakhaté.

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