The Senegalese embassy underlines the “seriousness” of the “police violence” against one of its diplomats

The Senegalese embassy in Ottawa deplored on Saturday the dissemination of “false and shocking” information about one of its collaborators, aiming according to it to “dilute the seriousness” of the “unacceptable police violence” suffered by the diplomat.

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 at her home by the police in Gatineau, a Quebec suburb. from Ottawa.

The intervention aimed to accompany a bailiff coming to notify the diplomat of 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 Canadian dollars (34,000 euros) to her landlord for “unpaid rent” and damage to housing.

In an information note at the end of the week, the Senegalese embassy considers that the “allegations” against Ms. Niang “betray a manifest desire to dilute the gravity of the incident which relates to a flagrant and serious violation of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”.

She also regrets that the information relayed by the press “is based on the sole version of the lessor”.

Intended to “restore the facts”, the note details Ms. Niang’s long struggles with her landlord, arguing that the latter has been in good faith throughout, that she has suffered since the beginning of the heating and electricity problems. humidity due to non-compliance with construction standards and that its owner had been threatening towards it.

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.

Also according to the embassy, ​​Ms. Niang received a few months later by bailiff a request for payment of 57,207 dollars (43,000 euros) to cover in particular the costs of rebuilding the house.

Ms. Niang for her part indicated through a lawyer that she only owed the owner 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 hold.

“Nothing in this case can justify the violence suffered by Ms. Niang and her minor children”, concludes the embassy, ​​indicating “to follow very closely the investigation which has been ordered into the unacceptable actions of the police officers”.

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

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