Senegal and Mali have stated their readiness to exchange prisoners. 17 from Senegal against 152 from Mali.
Legal experts said the prisoners have been held in the two neighboring countries’ jails for as long as one year some without trial due to ineffective judiciary systems.
Justice Ministry in Senegalese on Wednesday said the agreement was reached following discussions by the two ministers in Dakar.
The Senegalese Minister of Justice Mr Cheikh Tidiane Sy and his Malian counterpart Mr Maharafa Traore agreed to revamp the 1965 cooperation agreement that relates to the extradition of prisoners. But that will not happen until the agreement is reinvigorated, the statement said.
Minister Sy has given “firm instructions” to magistrates to speed up the trial of those Malian prisoners who have not yet appeared in court.
At the end of the legal procedure, the Malian prisoners will be released and transferred to their country to carry out the jail terms slammed against them, the statement said.