Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Kemi Seba, The Pan-African Activist Who Burnt A 5000 F CFA Note Has Been Expelled From Senegal To France

Last month, we reported that the Pan-African activist fighting against the use of F CFA,  Kemi Seba was arrested and detained at the Rebeuss Central Prison in Dakar. Senegal has expelled him from their territory, on grounds that he is a 'threat to public' order.

The former leader of the Ka tribe - a group that was dissolved in 2006 in France,  anti-Semitism — was arrested at his home in the Senegalese capital in August. He was was acquitted by a Dakar court last week, and  the Senegalese interior ministry took the decision to expel him, saying “his presence on national territory represents a serious threat to public order”.

Seba, whose real name is Stellio Capo Chichi landed at Orly airport in Paris, where a reception committee of around 20 people awaited him, the source said.

Rights groups ‘surprised’ at expulsion –
The Dakar prosecutor’s office appealed against the decision, and a legal source told AFP on Tuesday that he is to be retried at a future date.
In a joint statement, three rights groups — the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Senegalese League of Human Rights and Amnesty International Senegal — said they were “surprised” at the expulsion.
They denounced the “completely arbitrary procedure which violates the right to aid provided for people covered by deportation orders” and had asked the Senegal government to postpone the expulsion.
The CFA franc is pegged to the euro and used in eight west African countries in the region, six of which are former French colonies. A similar currency of the same name is used by six states in central Africa, although they are not technically interchangeable.
Seba has in recent years organised many demonstrations against the CFA franc, which his Facebook page describes as “an economic and political scandal of the colonial establishment which is killing our people”.
He is no stranger to brushes with the law — particularly in France where two groups he founded, Tribu K and Jeunesse Kemi Saba, were banned for “racist and anti-Semitic” ideology.
He has also acknowledged being friends with controversial French comedian Dieudonne who has been convicted for racist and anti-Semitic remarks.

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