Smiling Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, heading to for his bail hearing in Banjul. Photo Courtesy Jerome Delay/Associated Press
The Gambia’s main opposition leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe has been released on bail along with 18 other political prisoners following an election defeat of one of Africa’s most oppressive leaders Yahya Jammeh on December 1st presidential polls.
A courtroom packed with supporters cheered and stood to sing the national anthem as Ousainou Darboe was allowed to go home after eight months in the country’s notorious Mile II prison.
While entering court Mr Darboe said he felt “great”, adding that he would forgive dictator Yahya Jammeh, who on Friday conceded the election to President-elect Adama Barrow, former estate agent who became the party leader while Darboe was in prison. 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
The trial of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and 19 others has reached its climax in court Tuesday 12th July when all the defendants were served with the prosecution briefing papers. However, the defendants all declined to comment on the papers presented by the prosecution. Darboe and Co instead told the judge to “do what you see fit, since we don’t acknowledge any of the court proceedings.”
The case has entered the final stages and the judge, Justice Dada was expected to pass judgment today but she came to court an hour late and after about an hour in court she adjourned the case again till 19th July for continuation.
Meanwhile, earlier in court there was some tension between the UDP supporters and the police. Tension came when the police wanted to refuse people from entering the court room and the police wanting to use their usual tactics of force. However, the matter was amicably resolved and people were allowed to enter the court room without any further troubles in that front.
The UDP youth leader was briefly arrested amidst the tension, but later released after the intervention of his fellow youths present at the scene. People are advised not to create any trouble but to maintain calm and peace as Gambia belongs to Gambians and not one particular individual.
Courtesy: UDP, Coordinator and Liaison officer, UK
UDP Leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and Co
The trial of the UDP Leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and 19 Co defendants continued at High Court in Banjul on Monday 4th July albeit short, sharp and precise response from Darboe.
‘It is regrettable that the Gambia, which is home to the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, unfortunately the rights of citizens of that very country are being abused by a Nigerian judge’, these were the very words of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe to the Nigeria Judge, Justice Dada on Monday.
These exchanges came when the trial judge asked Darboe and Co whether they will continue to defend themselves or wait for their legal representativeS? Continue reading