Senegalese embassy denies report of diplomat beaten by Quebec police as ‘false’

The Senegalese embassy in Ottawa is challenging the Quebec Rental Authority’s ruling on one of its diplomats who was arrested by police in Gatineau, Que, and allegedly beaten.

The embassy released a statement on Twitter on Friday questioning media reports based on court documents ordering Niang Oumou Kalsoum Sall to pay a former landlady more than $45,000 for damage to a furnished home, which she occupied from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2020.

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The Senegalese diplomat arrested by Quebec police owed the former landlord more than $45,000

Kalsoum Sall, Senior Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Senegal in Ottawa, was arrested and allegedly beaten by police on August 2 in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa.

Gatineau Police said they were called to the residence to assist a bailiff who was attempting to seize property related to the court’s ruling against them.

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Police said they arrested a woman with diplomatic status after allegedly punching a police officer in the face, adding that she was thrown to the ground after allegedly biting another officer.

The Quebec tenancy authority ruled that Kalsoum Sall was causing flooding, causing structural damage, and its use of the property forced its owner, Michel Lemay, to replace most of his furniture.

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However, the embassy says the “incorrect and shocking” information reported so far is based solely on the landlord’s version of events and aims to dilute the “seriousness” of the alleged police brutality.

The embassy report alleges that she and her family have suffered from moisture and heating problems at the property from the start and claims the claims made in the court documents are untenable.

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