Tambadou was reacting to a verdict by a Magistrates’ Court in Basse, about 370 km away from Banjul, dropping charges pressed against three members of the opposition Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC).
When a GDC Parliamentarian Alhagie Sowe and some supporters were arrested and charged following clashes that erupted during the local government elections, GDC spokesman M C. Cham took the gloves off and accused the current regime for orchestrating a politically charged case designed to instill fear in their representatives and supporters.
However, when the presiding magistrate delivered on July 23rd his verdict on the said case, Justice Minister Tambadou explained that it was the Ministry that advised that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute GDC MP for Jimara constituency. “Consequently, the charges against him were withdrawn by the Police and Honourable Sowe was accordingly discharged by the Court,” he said in a statement seen by this medium.
Last week, Gambia gov’t took another major blow as the High Court dismissed its application to unfreeze Yahya Jammeh’s assets with of view to building hotels for the upcoming Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit to be hosted by the tiny West African nation in 2019.
An unbelievable scenario that no Gambian would have imagined under ex-dictator Jammeh era marked by the absence of rule of law that caused a confidence meltdown over the country’s judiciary, which was turned into a repressive tool.
Despite the fact that the current gov’t has taken giant strides towards the consolidation of democracy and rule of law, businessman Prince Ebrahim Sanyang has a different opinion.
The businessman reportedly tied to former President Jammeh has denied being a close associate of the former despot.
He told reporters during a news conference that he has been targeted by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, challenging the freezing of his companies.
“I had always opined, from the very onslaught, that all allegations of close association against my companies were completely false,” he said in a missive dated June 2nd 2018 and addressed to the Chairman of the Janneh Commission, probing into the assets ex-President Jammeh and his close associate.
He went further to say: “Today, I am vindicated. There had been surgically targeted protracted witch-hunts against my companies under the pretext of Attorney General’s allegations, only to damage my reputation and businesses
good standing in Gambia and beyond.”
Sanyang said he is ready to face the Janneh Commission to clear his name.
quarters if he thinks his rights have been violated.
Meanwhile, Gambia has embarked into an ambitious constitutional reform that is expected to strengthen the country’s democratic standards. Hopes are high that Gambians will never experienced again a besieged democracy that gave rise to the Jammeh regime.