NIA still violating the constitution!

NIA still violating the Gambian constitution!

The fate of a detained Gambian Muslim cleric remains in limbo. Imam Alhagie Ousman Sawaneh remains in illegal detention since his arrest on October 18th. Gambian officials have not explained why the Kanifing South mosque Imam is detained. Intelligence agents who arrest him are not talking either, throwing his family and congregation into endless confusion. They have since been searching for answers without success.

Imam Sawaneh is denied family visit or appear before a court, which all violate his constitutional rights. He is reported to be detained in Janjanbureh prison in Central River Region. Imam Sawaneh is reportedly investigated on allegations of orchestrating the shocking defeat of a ruling candidate in last August Lower Saloum by-election. The APRC candidate Kaba Touray badly lost to the NRP’s Modou Bamba Gaye.   

Kairo News is investigating Imam Sawaneh’s story. His illegal arrest and continued detention follows those of several other Muslim clerics. The Jammeh government has been launching systematic attacks on renowned Muslim scholars since 1994. Its victims of illegal detention without trial and torture include Imam Ba-Kawsu Fofana and Imam Baba Leigh of Sanchaba Sulay Jobe and Kanifing Mosques, respectively.

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