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Detained GPU first vice president released

Mar 12, 2013, 9:48 AM

After three days in detention, Baboucarr Ceesay, first vice president of the Gambia Press Union, GPU, has been released without any charges, The Point has been reliably informed.

Ceesay, who was picked up Friday afternoon around his home in Churchill’s Town, confirmed to this paper that he was released Monday evening by the National Intelligence Agency, NIA.

Asked if there was any charges pressed against him, Ceesay said, ‘No, but what the authorities told me was that they are still investigating my case.’

Ceesay, it would be recalled, was held for nearly four days last September 2012, alongside Abubacarr Saidykhan, a freelance journalist, for seeking a permit from the Inspector General of Police to hold a peaceful demonstration over the execution of nine death row prisoners in August 2012.

They were detained for four days, charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and released from police custody. The charges were dropped a month later.