Senegal angry at 'false' information about its diplomat in Canada

Senegal angry at “false” information about its diplomat in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Senegalese President Macky Sall. (Archives)

The Senegalese Embassy in Ottawa on Saturday deplored the dissemination of “false and shocking” information on one of its diplomats, aiming according to it to ” dilute the seriousness” of “unacceptable police brutality”.

In a briefing note at the end of the week, the Senegalese Embassy considers that the allegations against Ms. Niang betray a clear intention to dilute the gravity of the incident which concerns a flagrant and serious violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

His arrest in early August caused an outcry in Senegal and the embarrassment of the Canadian government.

Ms. Niang Oumou Kalsoum Sall, Foreign Affairs Advisor, was the victim of humiliating physical and moral violence, being handcuffed and beaten, according to Dakar, during an intervention by the Gatineau police at her home.

The Canadian government had condemned the incident, deeming it unacceptable.

The intervention aimed to accompany a bailiff coming to notify to the diplomat an order from an administrative housing tribunal. This obtained by Radio-Canada and consulted by AFP condemned the diplomat to pay more than $45,000 to her landlord for unpaid rent and damage to the accommodation.

She also regrets that the information relayed by the press is based on the lessor's version alone.

Intended to restore the facts, the note details Ms. argue that it has been in good faith throughout, that it has suffered from the start of heating and humidity problems due to non-compliance with building standards and that its owner has been x27;was shown threatening towards him.

Exasperated, Ms. Niang finally decided to move out in October 2020 and, upon handing over the keys, offered the housing manager the last rent due, which he refused.

Still according to the Embassy, ​​Ms. Niang received a request for payment of $57,207 a few months later by way of a bailiff to cover, in particular, the costs of rebuilding the house.

Ms. Niang for her part indicated through a lawyer that she only owed the landlord the rent for the month of October that the manager had not wanted to take.

The Embassy believes that in light of these explanations the charges against Ms. Niang do not stand up.

Nothing in this case can justify the violence suffered by Mrs. Niang and her minor children, concludes the embassy, ​​indicating that it is following very closely the investigation which has been ordered into the unacceptable actions of the police officers.

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