Mr. Ebrima Jawara, the son of Gambia’s former President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, has been granted court bail today, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Jawara, who has been languishing under state custody at the mosquito infested mile two prison for several weeks, must post a bond of five million dalasi cash, or a landed property situated in the Greater Banjul Area to secure his release. Another condition associated with his release was for a senior official of the government to present his or her identity card to serve as a surety for the disgraced former Permanent Secretary.
Mr. Ebrima Jawara got arrested about two months ago. He has been accused of abusing fuel coupons that were allocated to the Agricultural project he onetime headed at the office of the President. It is alleged that over eleven million dalasi worth of fuel coupons were embezzled. Mr. Jawara and others have been charged pending court appearance.
During a court appearance on Wednesday, the embattled Jawara son, won a bail application his lawyer filed on his behalf. His Lawyer Ida Drammeh was able to convince the court for bail to be granted to her client.
As we file this report, plans are afoot for the necessary bail conditions to be met. Mr. Jawara is scouting for a surety, who would post a bond to bail him out from remand custody at mile two.
Mr. Jawara is expected to adhere to the conditions associated with his bail. He should avail himself to the court when needed.
Ebrima Jawara has dramatically lost weight overtime during the period of his detention at mile two. He was placed under fifty cent meal, according to competent sources reaching us. He is eager to reunite with his wife, and family, our source intimated.
If convicted, Mr. Jawara is likely to serve many years in jail. His defense team is working very hard to have the charges proffered against him dismiss with prejudice. Jawara himself has denied the charges.
It would be recalled that Ebrima Jawara authored a book some years ago, praising dictator Yahya Jammeh’s leadership and the developmental projects Jammeh spearheaded in a span of twenty one years. Mr. Jawara was critical of his Dad Sir Dawada Kairaba Jawara in his book—saying that his father overstayed his welcome as a leader of the First Republic. He did not stop at bashing Sir Dawda and his PPP regime, he also said that the PPP under Jawara’s leadership, was insensitive to the plight of the impoverished Gambians.
Ebrima noted that if his Dad had not overstayed his welcome, a situation like the 1994 coup, would not have been occasioned. He also claimed that the PPP leadership partly compromised his Dad’s political legacy by refusing to let Sir Dawda to resign, when he made the move at the Mansakonko PPP Congress.
It should be noted that the Freedom Radio Gambia anchorman Pa Nderry M’Bai, raised the continued detention of Ebrima Jawara without bail in his Tuesday News Analysis Program. Mr. M’Bai argued that the prolonged detention of Mr. Jawara and his co accused persons was not only illegal, but unconstitutional. He called on the government to respect the rights of citizens and noncitizens by availing them due process during the period of Jawara and co are facing trial. Mr. M’Bai also opined that Mr. Jawara should be allowed to go home and prepare his defense in the interest of justice.