Malick Jallow, lawyer for the Phatey family, has asked magistrate Sainey B Joof of the Brikama magistrates’ court to file contempt charges against Mrs. Nahima Jawneh, the Atlanta Gambian lady, who is engulfed in a child custody battle in The Gambia, Freedom Newspaper can report. Lawyer Jallow filed the complaint on Tuesday in court, in which journalists were prevented from covering the proceedings. Mr. Jallow has accused Mrs. Jawneh of granting media interviews, commenting on the pending case on social media, an act he deems as contemptuous. The lawyer handed what appears to be a USB memory stick to magistrate Joof to back up his claims. Mr. Jallow is the son of Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan B. Jallow.
The court is expected to examine the content of the information contained in the USB memory stick before it could rule on Jallow’s contempt allegations against Mrs. Jawneh. The case was adjourned to March 5th.
Earlier on, Lawyer Jallow has asked the court to order Mrs. Jawneh to bring her son to court in the next adjourned date, but the magistrate never entertained his request. For now, Mrs. Jawneh would have access to her baby until when the court decides otherwise.
Mrs. Jawneh’s lawyer Peter Mendy was opposed to his learned colleague’s submission for the baby to come to court.
Four media houses showed up in court to cover the proceedings, but to their chagrin, they were refrained from covering the case. They were also asked not take pictures and videos.
Mrs. Jawneh has been sued by her former mother in-law. Her ex-husband Sheriff Phatey, AKA Sam Phatey, has given a power of attorney to his mom to file a child custody battle case on his behalf.
In another development, Lawyer Malick Jallow is handling another child custody case involving two former Gambian couple: Modou Nyang and Ramatoulie Jeng. Their child was born in the United States.
Ms. Jeng now lives in The Gambia. Her former husband Nyang wants his son to be taken to his grandparents in Fass Nyanga Choi, which led to the custody dispute.
Mr. Nyang is a former active member of The Gambian liberation struggle. He lives in Tacoma, Seattle Washington. He is Sam Phatey’s close buddy.
Ms. Jeng is supposed to meet Nyang’s lawyer Malick Jallow on February 26th. The scheduled meeting would take place at Lawyer Jallow’s office in Banjul.
Mr. Nyang has remarried to an African American lady, we were told.