Fifteen opposition supporters, who were detained in connection with the opposition protest march have been released from police custody, the police command here said. The protesters were held after been accused of participating in a protest march without a permit. Among those arrested was Ali Jawara, the son of businessman Basiru Jawara. Mr. Jawara was mistakenly arrested outside his airline office by the PIU personnel.
The detainees were tortured during the course of their detention. Reports later emerged that some of the detainees were tortured to death. The regime of Yahya Jammeh is yet to issue a situational report on the allegations.
In the meantime, the leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party Ousainou Darboe and his Executive members are being held at an undisclosed location. Reports have it that Darboe and co are being held in Kanilai, dictator Yahya Jammeh’s home villa.
The opposition leader and some of his close confidants were picked up from the police intervention unit base in Kanifing, and later transported to Kanilai. Mr. Darboe is reported to have turndown an offer extended to him by the regime to be released. He insisted that he must account for his detained followers before he would consider any release accorded to him by the state.
In another development, the European Union Representative visited Mr. Darboe’s home in Pipeline, where he met with his party officials including the leaders of the other opposition parties. Among them include Aji Yam Secka, OJ Jallow, Halifa Sallah, Fatoumatta Tambajang, and co.
Sources who witnessed the meeting said a minor dispute emerged amongst the opposition leaders who attended the meeting. OJ Jallow was cautioned by the UDP members to minimize the talking and allow the De Facto UDP Leader Yam Secka to run the show during Darboe’s absence. OJ was prevented from stealing the show.
Fatoumatta Tambajang and Halifa Sallah had a go at each other, when Madam Tambajang used their meeting with the EU Rep to talk about the need for an opposition alliance while Darboe was away. She even told Halifa that she is entitled to her opinion, our source said. Halifa was quoted as saying that the opposition should be concerned about securing the release of Darboe and co at this time.