Senegal, Mali to soon exchange prisonersSeptember 9, 2011
The governments of Senegal and Mali have expressed readiness to exchange nearly 170 prisoners being held in their respective prisons.
According to legal experts, the prisoners have been held in the two neighboring countries jails (17 against 152 respectively) for as long as one year, with some being detained without trial. They blame this on ineffective judicial systems in both West African countries.
A statement from the Justice Ministry in Senegal says the agreement was reached following discussions by the two ministers in the Senegalese capital, Dakar recently.
Senegal's Justice Minister Cheikh Tidiane Sy and his Malian counterpart Maharafa Traoré have agreed to revamp the 1965 cooperation agreement relating the extradition of prisoners.
But reports say that will not happen until they revive that agreement.Tweet