Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and his 19 Co defendants were in court Monday, 27 June, according to proceedings the State has called on their last prosecution witness to testify. Interestingly, the witness is not a new witness, but a police officer who testified earlier in the case. The police officer used the Point Newspaper’s coverage of 16th April protest led by Lawyer Ousainou Darboe as part of his testimony in court. After the officer’s testimony, the State rest its case. Continue reading
Mr President Yahya Jammeh this is not the first time I have written to you asking you to use your conscience and release prisoners of conscience and perhaps it won’t be the last as long as you are in power and I’m alive. We are in the 3rd week of the Ramadan, a month of forgiveness and spiritual cleansing and much more than abstaining from eating and drinking and other prohibited acts like sex or smoking. Ramadan is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on Allah, and practice self-discipline and sacrifice; it is also a moment for mending differences between people and their neighbours and communities.
I would like to seize this unique opportune moment to call on you, Mr President to release all political prisoners that are currently languishing in your so-called 5 star hotel, Mile II central prison. In July 2015 when you announced and pardoned some political prisoners from prison, albeit under forced conditions to support you, most people thank you for a gesture they described as magnanimous gesture. Continue reading
The trial of the Gambia’s main opposition, United Democratic Party (UDP) leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and Co has reached a milestone as the bail appeal has been adjourned for ruling at the Court of Appeal in Banjul slated for the 14th July 2016. With two Gambian judges, Justice Edrisa Fafa Mbaye and Awa Bah and a Nigerian judge, Justice A. Adogoke presiding over the appeal case, there is a glimmer of hope that justice will finally be delivered in that front.
Meanwhile, in the trial of Mrs Nogoi Njie and Co at the High Court in MansaKonko has also continued Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th before Justice Abi. The accused persons have all maintained their silence protests in a case described as a political persecution and witch hunt by Dictator Yahya Jammeh before the scheduled December presidential elections in the Gambia. The lawyers for the accused also continued their protest and abstained from the court proceedings as they question the legality of moving the case to a court without the jurisdiction to preside over the case in the first place. Continue reading
The UDP Diaspora organization has formally filed a Petition with Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague to initiate and expedite preliminary investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by President Yahya Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia and the following nine officials of his regime: Continue reading