Senegal MPs jailed for kicking pregnant colleague Amy Ndiaye

Important points
  • Amy Ndiaye was beaten by two opposition activists and then kicked in the stomach.
  • Her lawyer said she has since left the hospital.
  • MPs Mamadou Niang and Massata Samb were sentenced on Monday.
Two MPs who physically attacked a pregnant colleague in Parliament have each been sentenced to six months in prison.
Pro-government politician Amy Ndiaye was beaten and then kicked in the stomach by two opposition figures during a chaotic session of Senegal’s National Assembly.
The incident happened during a routine parliamentary session on December 1, and after order was restored, Ms Ndiaye fainted and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Her lawyer, Baboucar Cisse, said there were fears she could lose her baby. She added that her client has since left the hospital but is “in an extremely difficult situation”.

MPs Mamadou Niang and Massata Samb were sentenced on Monday in a case that sparked debate about democracy in Senegal.
In addition to prison terms, both were fined 100,000 CFA francs (US$240) and paid five million francs (US$12,000) in damages.
The public prosecutor had asked for a two-year prison sentence.
The attack on Ms Ndiaye sparked a heated debate on parliamentary discourse and attacks on women. It also coincided notably with an awareness campaign against domestic violence.
Mr. Niang and Mr. Samb, who were arrested on December 15, were not present in court during the sentencing hearing. Her lawyers argued that the couple were protected from prosecution because of their status as politicians, but this was rejected by the court.
They denied hitting Ms Ndiaye, despite video evidence to the contrary.

“You will remain in prison pending appeal,” said one of her lawyers, Abdy Nar Ndiaye.

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