Mamadou Pouye is a childhood friend of Karim Wade, who is the son of Senegal's former President Abdoulaye Wade and held several key ministries during his father's presidency. Karim Wade and Pouye were arrested in April 2013 after investigations into a corruption scandal in which Wade and associates were charged with llegally amassing assets worth $240 million. Following periods of detention and a trial in Senegal that has been criticized by the United Nations and human rights organizations for violating the rights of Wade, Pouye and others, Wade was sentenced to six years in jail in March 2015 by a judge who said that Wade had hidden away funds in offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands and Panama. Pouye, who has been called the mastermind of Wade’s activities, was sentenced to five years in prison for complicity in illegal enrichment. Wade and Pouye denied engaging in any wrongdoing, and Wade and Pouye accuse the Senegalese government of a witch hunt.
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Pouye first appeared in Mossack Fonseca's files in October 2008, instructing the law firm to open a bank account for the Panama company Seabury Inc. Between December 2008 and August 2012, two companies connected to Pouye — the Panamanian Latvae Group, of which he was shareholder, and Seabury, in which his role was unspecified — signed contracts worth about $35 million for consulting and advisory services relating to the port in Senegal's capital, Dakar. At the corruption trial against Pouye and Karim Wade, which has been criticized by the United Nations and human rights organizations for violating the rights of Wade, Pouye and others, authorities alleged that they enriched themselves through government contracts, involving the port, the airport and other activities.
An attorney for Pouye said he had not had sufficient time to meet with him in prison and noted that his detention "unanimously denounced by the most eminent jurists, human rights defense organizations (Amnesty International, International Federation of Human Rights, African Assembly for the defense of Human Rights, etc) not to mention the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention." Wade's lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.
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