thione-seckThe remanded Senegalese music icon is reported to have shed tears in prison. Thione Seck, who is facing money laundering charges, says the tears are not connected to his case.

“I do not cry because I am in detention, but for the difficult conditions under which many prisoners are currently facing,” Thione Seck told a group while talking to a visiting group of musicians led by Falou Dieng on Thursday.

“What I saw inside is not beautiful to see because there are detainees who do not have anything to eat. There are others who are remanded for years without appearing in court,” the lead vocalist of Raam Daan is quoted by Senegalese media as saying.

Mr. Secka sees his Rebeuss detention as a God-ordained mission. “I’m here on a mission,” he said, promising to advocate for detainees in horrible conditions in Rebeuss. Thione is determined to compose a song on the plight of detainees upon release.

Thione remains grateful to his colleague musicians for their support and solidarity. He is said to be in good spirits.

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