The Gambia: Verdict Due In Detained Opposition Leader’s Case

July 20, 2016

Lawyer Darboe and his supporters being led away in handcuffs

A high court judge in Banjul is today expected to deliver a ruling in the case involving Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) and over a dozen of his supporters who are being tried for taking part in an ‘unathorised’ anti-government protest.

Mr Darboe and his supporters who are currently held at Mile Two Central Prisons, are slapped with multiple criminal offences including conspiring to commit felony, unlawful assembly, riot, incitement of violence, riotously interfering with traffic, holding a procession without a license and disobeying an order to disperse from an unlawful procession.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The opposition members were arrested in April after they took to the street to demand justice for their party’s organising secretary, Solo Sandeng, who was arrested two days earlier and killed in detention.


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