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Darboe and 29 others to appear before appeal court

Nov 3, 2016, 10:52 AM | Article By: Bruce Asemota

The criminal appeal case involving the jailed leader of the United Democratic Party, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, and 29 others versus the state has been slated for mention on Monday 7 November 2016 before the Gambia Court of Appeal.

According to the hearing notice issued by the appellate court, the parties were informed that the matter would be holding on Monday, 7 November at 10 am.

It would be recalled that the appellants were jailed for three years last July by the Banjul and Mansakonko High Courts, after they were convicted for unlawful assembly, holding a procession without a permit, conspiracy, riot, among others. 

The appellants jailed by the Banjul High Court were Ousainou Darboe, Kemeseng Jammeh, Femi Peters, Lamin Dibba, Lamin Jatta, Yaya Bah, Babucarr Camara, Fakebba Colley, Ismaila Ceesay, Momodou Fatty, Dodou Ceesay, Samba Kinteh, Momodou Manneh, Nfamara Kuyateh, Fanta Darboe, Lamin Njie, Junkuna Suso, Momodou L.K. Sanneh, Yaya Jammeh and Masanneh Lalo Jawla.

The appellants jailed by the Mansakonko High Court were Lamin Sonko, Modou Touray, Lansana Beyai, Lamin Marong, Alhajie Fatty, Nogot Njie, Fatoumatta Jawara, Fatou Camara, Kafu Bayo, Ebrima Jabang and Modou Ngum.

In the notice of appeal filed before the said appellate court, the appellants are challenging the conviction and sentences imposed on them by the high courts, and are asking the court to quash their conviction and sentences.