Gambian government drops criminal charges against a group calling for the resignation of President Barrow

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The Gambian government has dropped a criminal proceeding that was filed against a group calling for the resignation of President Adama Barrow. The group says Barrow has overstayed his welcome, that he hasn’t fulfilled his promise of running a three years transition period.  The group members were charged with rioting, destruction to property among other charges.
In a statement issued today, Gambia’s Justice Minister Dawda Jallow said the charges were dropped in the spirit of  ”promoting peace and reconciliation among all stakeholders in the political process as we approach the upcoming elections in December this year.”
“The Honorable Attorney General would like to seize this opportunity to urge all citizens and residents of The Gambia to be law abiding and to avail themselves of the legal means and mechanisms in place for the redress of grievances,” the Justice Minister stated.
Below is a press release signed by the Justice Minister.

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The Gambia Government Spokesperson

Dated: 4th May, 2021

PRESS RELEASE: THE GAMBIA GOVERNMENT DISCONTINUES 3 YEARS JOTNA CASE

STATEMENT BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL & MINISTER OF JUSTICE ON THE DISCONTINUANCE OF THE CRIMINAL TRIAL INVOLVING FANTA MBALLOW & 8 OTHERS

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The Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice has taken the decision after careful consideration to put a halt on the criminal proceedings against the accused persons charged with various offences under the criminal code in respect of activities arising from the incident of the 26th day of January 2020 popularly called the “three years jotna”.

Whilst the Honourable Attorney General is under no obligation to state the reason or reasons for his action, the Honourable Attorney General wishes to state that this humanitarian gesture, taken after consultation with the President and within the Ramadan spirit, is predicated on promoting peace and reconciliation among all stakeholders in the political process as we approach the upcoming elections in December this year.

The Honourable Attorney General would like to seize this opportunity to urge all citizens and residents of The Gambia to be law abiding and to avail themselves of the legal means and mechanisms in place for the redress of grievances.

Hon. Dawda Jallow

Attorney General and Minister of Justice

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