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.
In another development, two of the women Fatoumata Jawara a Gambian born US citizen and Fatou Camara that were arrested in mid-April with Solo Sandeng are said to be critically ill in prison at Janjabureh at the moment. Yahya Jammeh and his mercenary judges have refused them bail. According to the affidavit statements by Fatoumata Jawara and Nogoi Njie, they were severely tortured while in National Intelligence Agency (NIA) detention in Banjul. The women were profusely bled for a number of days before they were allowed any medical attention. Fatoumata Jawara and Fatou Camara needs urgent medical attention if not we might have another casualty very soon.
Yahya Jammeh is determined to see the end of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and Co once and for all, because currently, Darboe and the UDP are the most capable challengers to his authority hence his resolve to persecute Darboe. Gambians should wake up from the big slumber we’re currently in and take our country back from dictatorship, impunity and dehumanisation.