DAKAR - A special court in Senegal sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade on Monday to six years in prison for corruption and ordered him to pay a 138 billion CFA franc ($228 million) fine, dashing his hopes of competing in elections due in 2017. Karim Wade, in detention since April 2013, was chosen by the main opposition party, the Senegalese Democratic Party, as its presidential candidate on Saturday, raising the stakes ahead of the verdict. He denies any wrongdoing. “The crime of illicit enrichment being proven, Karim Wade: six years in prison and a fine of 138 billion CFA francs,” judge said in the ruling, adding that Wade had hidden away funds in offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands and Panama.

Opposition supporters inside the courtroom protested loudly after the verdict. “I no longer want to be Senegalese,” shouted one woman. “This verdict is shameful.”