The order of the Administrative Housing Court, obtained on the evening of August 8 by Radio-Canada, indicates that Oumou Kalsoum Sall was sentenced on June 2 for “unpaid rent” and “damages for damage to housing”. “The furniture is full of cockroaches. The furniture is scuffed and scratched. It lacks it. Everything is dirty,” the document reads, adding that four pest treatments failed to get rid of these pests. last. We also learn that “the basement floor covering is soaked and that there is mold on the basement walls”.
Violent arrest of a Senegalese diplomat: when Ottawa tries to calm Dakar
This judgment surfaced after the Senegalese Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the arrest of its employee on August 5, evoking a “racist” act, violent and committed despite the “diplomatic status of the victim and the inviolability of his home “. Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland reacted by denouncing, during a press conference on August 9, “acts of brutality […] unacceptable”.
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly also specified the same day that she had met with her Senegalese counterpart and had assured him that the Canadian government “waits[ait] looking forward to a full investigation” into the matter. On August 6, the government of Quebec – the province where the incident took place – had announced the opening of a police investigation by the Quebec police after “a police intervention which raises questions”.
The police of Gatineau, a Quebec suburb of the Canadian federal capital Ottawa, had recognized on the evening of August 5 the altercation which took place when a bailiff “with an order to be executed” had requested the assistance of the forces of the ‘order. The police said they faced “an aggressive and uncooperative person”. “A policewoman was punched in the face and injured,” a statement said, and “the police have therefore decided to arrest” the diplomat. But she “resisted” and “bitten a second policeman”. At “no” time, the diplomat “did not mention having been injured or in pain”, underlines the police department, which however recognizes, without further details, that an ambulance was dispatched a few minutes plus late.