The trial of Gambia’s main opposition party leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and 19 others have been concluded on Wednesday 20th July at the High Court in Banjul, Gambia. All accused persons have been found guilty except one Yahya Bah, who was found not guilty in all counts.
According to the verdict read by the presiding judge, Justice Dada, Darboe and Co were not guilty on count three (Incitement of Violence) as the prosecution failed to prove the case beyond doubt. However, they have been found guilty on the remaining 6 counts.
Mr Darboe and Co have been sentenced to three (3) years in prison and the defendants are expected to begin their prison terms with immediate effect.
Count One: all accused persons are found guilty and sentenced to a year in prison
Count Two: all accused persons are found guilty and sentenced to six months in prison
Count Three: all accused persons not found guilty
Counts Four and Five: all accused persons are found guilty and sentenced to six months in prison
Counts Six: all accused persons are found guilty and sentenced to three years
Count Seven: all accused persons are found guilty and sentenced to six months in prison.
All sentences to run concurrently.
According to Omar Ann, the sentencing is a “travesty of justice in the highest order.” Mr Ann called on Gambians to rise up and reclaim their country back from Yahya Jammeh.
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Lawyer Darboe and UDP Executives
After three months in going back and forth in the courts and took two different foreign mercenary judges, today, Wednesday 20th July is judgement day in the case involving the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and 19 other defendants in the Gambia according to sources. The deliberation of judgement is scheduled to begin at 4pm GMT.
Meanwhile, it would be recalled that the charges were brought against Mr Darboe and Co after Mr Solo Sanding, the former Youth leader of UDP and a group of youths staged a rare protest in mid-April 2016 in the Gambia to demand electoral reforms which led to the arrest of the protestors and the subsequent death in police custody of Solo Sandeng. As a result, the UDP party executives led by Lawyer Ousainou Darboe also took to the streets to demand the release of Solo and Co “Dead or Alive” and they too got arrested on the 16th April 2016 and later charged. Continue reading
April 2016 protest held in London at Gambia embassy building
Protesters at in London
Leading protester, Lawyer Lamin Darboe at Downing Street
The tyranny and dictatorship in the Gambia have gotten to a point that requires the efforts of all and sundry. Since when Yahya Jammeh overthrows the democratically elected government led by Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara on the 22nd July 1994, the Gambia has never been the same again.
People have been burnt alive, tortured to death, raped, imprisoned, journalists murdered, women are made widows, children are made fatherless, families, communities and tribes have been permanently divided and damaged, the list is endless.
However, what is certain is that, unless we as Gambians find the urge to stand and liberate our country from Yahya Jammeh’s 22 years of moral, social and economic decadence, sadly the once beautiful and smiley country will eventually be wrecked to pieces in our very eyes. Continue reading