Pierre Minteh

Pierre Mendy declared persona non grata for being violent!

A security attache’ at the Gambia’s diplomatic mission has reportedly been declared persona non grata by the United States authorities.

Pierre Minteh’s diplomatic alleged expulsion is exacerbated by his violent action meted out on Gambian protesters, including journalist Fatou Camara who sustained injuries.

Fatou was chased and knocked down by Pierre Minteh. Eye witnesses said Minteh was acting on the orders of President Yahya Jammeh who had been inundated with anger over being provoked, booed, yelled at and insulted. Gambian leader and his entourage were holed up in Hay Adams hotel for more than 12 hours.

As a staff of the Gambia’s diplomatic mission, the former protocol officer at the Gambian High Commission in Dakar is immune to prosecution. He can only be prosecuted provided the Gambia government strips him off his immunity, which has not been the case.

According to Vienna Convention, Pierre Mendy and his entire family can no longer reside in the United States territory. Minteh’s wife is reported to be heavily pregnant.

Activist groups have condemned assault on Fatou Camara, Ousainou Mbenga and Pa Samba Jow on August 6th, describing the action as “an extension of the Gambia government’s thuggery.”

Also shaming the despicable act is the United Democratic Party (UDP) diaspora chapter that expresses “solidarity with our gallant brothers and sisters who took time off from work to protest against bad governance in the Gambia.”

The group said it was “particularly disturbed by the behavior exhibited by some members of the Gambia delegation at the Hay Adams hotel on Wednesday August 6, 2014 by attacking and causing injury to peaceful demonstrators outside the hotel that the Gambian leader and delegates stayed at. Their actions contravene a sacred international norm that accords the rights to individuals the freedom of assembly, speech, and association. We condemn these actions in the most strongest terms and called on our brothers and sisters, especially Pa Samba, Fatou Camara, and Ousainou Mbenga to stay strong. We are with them and will be there for them if and when our services are needed.”

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