Dakar - At least 2 500 people demonstrated in Dakar on
Tuesday to demand the release of Karim Wade, the son and former minister of
Senegal's ex-president Abdoulaye Wade, police said.
Karim Wade was jailed last week on charges of corruption
after accumulating a vast fortune valued at more than $1bn.
The protest march through the capital was organised by the
former ruling Senegalese Democratic Party of Abdoulaye Wade and included
several former ministers who have also been questioned on suspicion of
illegally making themselves rich when in power.
Under Senegalese law, investigators will have a maximum of
six months to investigate the younger Wade, 44, who denies corruption and
disputes ownership of many of the assets attributed to him.
Senegal's current president, Macky Salle, who defeated the
elder Wade in elections last year, has launched audits into the finances of