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Detained NIA Finance Director's Family pleads to President Jammeh

Dec 22, 2008, 4:47 AM

Family members of the embattled Finance Director of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Bakary Gassama, who has been in detention since on the 13th of May 2008 has renewed appeal for his release.

Speaking to this reporter recently, a brother to Mr. Gassama expressed the family's total frustration and concern over the continued detention of Mr. Gassama, and seriously appealed to President Jammeh to intervene to have him released.

'We are appealing to the President to forgive him for whatever he might have done", he said in a pleading tone of voice. "We are so disturbed by continued detention", he added.

Mr. Gassama was arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates' Court on a charge of abuse of office, but he was discharged on the 3rd of December by the trial magistrate, Magistrate Edrisa Mbai, but was re-arrested.