Senegalese opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko was according to one of his aides and lawyers admitted to a hospital for a medical emergency on Sunday in Dakar.
Sonko’s politician party, Patriots of Senegal (PASTEF), which was dissolved last week by authorities, also confirmed the development through a statement on Monday.
The party added that it held the authorities “responsible” for his health, but there have been no comments from the government on the matter.
The controversial politician had last week revealed that he had started a hunger strike from custody after being arrested this week, as his lawyers condemned his arrest. His hunger strike follows a recent arrest which has resulted in seven new charges against the politician who has been a vocal critic of incumbent President Macky Sall.
He was jailed on Monday for a number of offences, including inciting insurrection, criminal association with a terrorist undertaking, and undermining state security.
This came after many tragic incidents of public protest and two consecutive convictions for defamation and “corruption of youths.” On the same day, the government declared his party disbanded.
Sonko had written to the court last week from prison to express his displeasure with the verdict, which his attorneys claimed was a requirement for the judgment to be overturned and a new trial to be ordered.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has confirmed that Juan Branco, one of Sonko’s lawyers, was arrested last weekend after several days of cat-and-mouse games with the authorities. The Franco-Spanish lawyer is in the hands of an elite police unit and remains in custody.