A Belgian National of Congolese origin, who was held in The Gambia for over a week, after been falsely accused of traveling with someone’s passport, has been allowed to leave The Gambia, FREEDOM NEWSPAPER CAN REVEAL. Marie France Maloban Mutonkole is currently on board a Belgian flight from Banjul destined for Belgium. She is expected to arrive home in coming hours, Fatou Saine tells Freedom Newspaper.
Marie was in The Gambia to attend the wedding ceremony of her Gambian friend Fatou Saine. She was supposed to leave the country on January 11th 2019, but she was denied to leave the country when she arrived at the Banjul international airport.
Airport “security profilers” and the police claimed that the picture that was on her passport do not resemble her. She was briefly questioned by the police before she was asked to leave. She left her passport behind, as police impounded it.
Marie had to be escorted to the family home of her Gambian friend Fatou Saine. Her host, Fatou Saine, left her behind in The Gambia; though she also missed her flight on the day in question. She flew to Belgium to help take up Marie’s case with the Belgian authorities.
The Gambian police have since realized that it had falsely stopped a legitimate Belgian citizen from travelling. Her passport was returned to her on Tuesday morning. They also paid for her air ticket.