Allegations of torture: the National Police denies and brandishes the threat of legal proceedings

Dakar, Feb 21 (APS) – The National Police indicates that it reserves the right to prosecute those who accuse it of torturing those arrested during the clashes that occurred on Monday February 8 in the Keur Gorgui district in Dakar, near the home of PASTEF / Les Patriotes leader Ousmane Sonko, accused of rape by an employee of a Dakar massage parlor.

In recent days, through media outings, people claiming to be from civil society have reported alleged cases of torture recorded in the police services. Indeed, during these statements, these people affirmed unequivocally that the people arrested during the gatherings of February 8, were the subject of torture during their period of custody, “ said a statement received at APS.

Faced with these allegations, the National Police declares that it “ reserves the right to prosecute the authors of these unfounded statements which, in fine, rub off negatively in one way or another ” on its ” image. (…) which remains republican ”.

In a press release from her public relations office, she “would like to point out that all actions taken during these events are in full compliance with the laws and regulations in force.”

It ensures that “ following the arrests following these gatherings, the police services in charge of the investigation have, in accordance with the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, notified the persons on whom weighed evidence of commission of offense to criminal law, their right to be assisted by a lawyer of their choice as enshrined in Article 5 of WAEMU Regulation No.5 ”.

The press release ensures that “ at the end of their interview with their regularly constituted lawyers, no observation related to the procedure and even less to the state of health of their clients, was made by the lawyers ”.

He further notes that “ during the entire period of police custody, no desire to be examined by a doctor was expressed by the persons in police custody, which is a right enshrined in the Senegalese Code of Criminal Procedure. ”.

” Therefore, she insists, these supposed cases of torture were neither noted by a doctor, let alone attested by a court decision. ”

She recalls that “Senegal is a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of December 10, 1984”.

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