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Senegal/The Gambia: LAWYER OUSMAN SILLAH BREAKS HIS SILENCE

July 22, 2019

Folks enjoy lawyer Ousman Sillah’s 2004 Interview published in the Independent newspaper on 20thFebruary 2004.The interview was conducted by our special correspondent Dr. Ebrima Ceesay.

After the attempted assassination of lawyer Ousman Sillah who was shot some time in December 2003, the veteran lawyer gave me an exclusive on 18th February 2004, as soon as he was discharged from hospital in Dakar. Thanks to his son Pa Modou (Shortie), I was the first journalist to have interviewed lawyer Ousman Sillah. The story was also published in the now defunct Independent newspaper on 20thFebruary 2004.

 “The Doctors in Senegal have now removed the bullets that were shot into me and have given them to my wife. I have lost one kidney and there is also a slight disfigurement to my face as a result of the gun shots. Although I have lost one of my kidneys, I nonetheless thank God for sparing my life”.

These were the words of Lawyer Ousman Sillah, now out of hospital and continuing his recovery at a friend’s home in Dakar, Senegal. For merely carrying out his job and defending Baba Jobe in line with the ethics of the legal profession, Mr. Sillah has paid a heavy price. Yahya Jammeh has brought lawlessness, tyranny and repression to replace the rule of law in The Gambia, and Ousman Sillah has been a victim of this wicked regime. Speaking exclusively to me, in a recent telephone interview, Lawyer Sillah said that he had no doubt in his mind that the shooting was a state-sponsored act and had been motivated by his aggressive defence of his client, Baba Jobe.

“I don’t know the names of those who carried out the shooting, but I have a conviction that it was state-sponsored. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence to show that this was an attempted murder carried out by people acting on behalf of the state,” Sillah continued.

LAWYER OUSMAN SILLAH BREAKS HIS SILENCE

https://allafrica.com/stories/200705071230.html

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The Gambia: Jailed Opposition Members Freed

December 5, 2016

Mr Darboe (left) and his supporters in the dock (Photo credit: Freedom Newspaper)

Authorities in the Gambia have on Monday freed the leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) and his supporters who were imprisoned for taking part in an ‘unauthorised’ anti-government protest.

Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and 18 of his supporters namely;  Ousainou Darboe, Femi Peters, Lamin Dibba, Kemesseng Jammeh, Lamin Jatta, Babucarr Camara, Fakebba Colley, Ismaila Ceesay, Momodou Fatty, Dodou Ceesay, Samba Ceesay, Mamud Kinteh, Mfamara Kuyateh, Fanta Darboe, Lamin Njie, Juguna Suso, Momodou LK Sanneh, Yaya Jammeh and Masanneh Lalo Jawla were given a three year jail term in July by a high court judge in Banjul after they took to the street in April to demand justice for their party’s organising secretary, Solo Sandeng, who was arrested two days earlier and killed in detention.

Mr Sandeng had led a brief but peaceful anti-regime protest at the busy Westfield Junction, Serrekunda, calling for proper electoral reforms and the resignation of President Jammeh.

https://www.jollofnews.com/2016/12/05/gambia-jailed-opposition-leader-freed/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38210873

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/05/ousainou-darboe-gambian-opposition-freed-from-prison-president-jammeh

https://torchongambia.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/opposition-leader-darboe-explains-time-in-prison/

http://www.jeuneafrique.com/380680/societe/gambie-liberation-doussainou-darboe-opposant-historique-de-yahya-jammeh/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.agenzianova.com/a/5845a8eab41104.86713236/1465514/2016-12-05/gambia-rilasciato-leader-di-opposizione-ousainou-darboe (ITALIANO)

http://www.expansion.com/agencia/europa_press/2016/12/05/20161205164429.html (ESPANOL)

http://diariodigital.sapo.pt/news.asp?id_news=853370 (PORTUGUES)

The Gambia: Darboe and 29 others to appear before appeal court

November 3, 2016

The criminal appeal case involving the jailed leader of the United Democratic Party, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, and 29 others versus the state has been slated for mention on Monday 7 November 2016 before the Gambia Court of Appeal.

According to the hearing notice issued by the appellate court, the parties were informed that the matter would be holding on Monday, 7 November at 10 am.

It would be recalled that the appellants were jailed for three years last July by the Banjul and Mansakonko High Courts, after they were convicted for unlawful assembly, holding a procession without a permit, conspiracy, riot, among others.

The appellants jailed by the Banjul High Court were Ousainou Darboe, Kemeseng Jammeh, Femi Peters, Lamin Dibba, Lamin Jatta, Yaya Bah, Babucarr Camara, Fakebba Colley, Ismaila Ceesay, Momodou Fatty, Dodou Ceesay, Samba Kinteh, Momodou Manneh, Nfamara Kuyateh, Fanta Darboe, Lamin Njie, Junkuna Suso, Momodou L.K. Sanneh, Yaya Jammeh and Masanneh Lalo Jawla.

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/darboe-and-29-others-to-appear-before-appeal-court

The Gambia: Profile: Gambia’s Lawyer Ousainou Darboe

August 4, 2016

Ousainou Darboe, leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP).

Ousainou Darboe has risen from being a human rights lawyer to becoming the symbol of resistance against government repression in the Gambia.

As a veteran lawyer, he is credited to have saved the lives of over 200 Gambians including the late Sherriff Mustapha Dibba of the opposition National Convention Party (NCP) and Pap Cheyassin Secka, a lawyer, both of whom were charged with treason for their alleged involvement in the 1981 failed uprising against the erstwhile Jawara regime.

As a jurist, Mr Darboe also successfully represented a large majority of those detained under the various emergency powers regulations promulgated by the then PPP government of ex-president Jawara.

Not happy with the murder of his executive member, Mr Darboe led a peaceful protest to seek answers from the authorities but was confronted by armed security officers who fired tear gas and live ammunition at them.

Over 20 people including Mr Darboe were arrested and charged with various offences including unlawful assembly, riot, riotously interfering with traffic, holding a procession without a license and disobeying an order to disperse from an unlawful procession.

They were refused bail and remanded at the Mile Two prisons. After three months of detention, Mr Darboe and his supporters were sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty by a high court judge.

https://jollofnews.com/2016/08/04/profile-gambias-lawyer-ousainou-darboe/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36853700?ocid=socialflow_facebook

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.

https://jollofnews.com/2016/07/20/gambia-verdict-due-in-detained-opposition-leaders-case/

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/175227/gambian-opposition-leader-receives-3-year-jail-term

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/darboe-18-others-jailed-for-3-years