Court frees 14 opposition UDP supporters

Lawyer Darboe

Lawyer Darboe, leader of the United Democratic Party 

Another group of 14 opposition United Democratic Party supporters who are currently on trial for staging an unauthorized protest since May have also been freed on bail today.

This follows the freeing of the UDP leader and 18 others yesterday who were also arrested for leading an unauthorized protest demanding the release of their party member who was later confirmed to have died in state custody.

The 14 people released today have held a peaceful demonstration during the trial of the opposition leader and his executive members who were arrested on April 16.

The group have applied for bail but were rejected on grounds of national security though their lawyers said their offences are bail-able under Gambian law.

However, the bailed supporters might not go back to jail again because Gambia’s president elect Adama Barrow who have won Jammeh at polls has promised to free all political prisoner by January when he took over power.

UDP is one of the parties in the coalition that won the presidential elections and the presiding judge, Justice Otaba, has granted them bail because of that “change of circumstances” since the some of the party members might be called to serve their country.

He further agreed that the continued detention of the accused persons have nothing to do with the national security of the country.

The accused are : Bakary Jammeh, Kaddy Samateh, Lele Bojang,  Kemo Touray, Bakary Marong, Buba Mass, Alagie Saidykhan, Tombong Njie, Modou Sarr,   Alkali Sanneh, Shrriffo Suno, Yaya Fatty, Muhammed Singhateh and Lamin Dampha.

They are being tried on charges of unlawful assembly, riot, procession without a permit among other related offences, charges they denied.



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