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Ex-convicts Advise Youths

Jul 9, 2009, 6:35 AM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

Two ex-convicts, namely Muhamed S. Bah and Jawara Dem both 23 years of age who were sentenced by Kanifing Magistrate's Court sometime in April 2009, have spoken to the Point about their experience.

The aforementioned court, following their own plea of guilt for the offence of impersonation sentenced the two.

After serving four months in Mile 2, the convicts appear remorseful, and indeed transformed.

The convicts who walked into the Point's offices yesterday expressed their apology to their families, friends and loved ones for the difficulties they had undergone during their trial and while they were absent.

They appealed to the young people of the country to always behave well so that they will not also fall into such traps. "For our parts, we are very sorry for the sad incident. It has happened and past and we look forward to a better future," they said.

"I'm appealing to all youths to avoid being involved in criminal activities so that we can contribute meaningfully towards national development," says Muhammed S. Bah. He added that as future leaders of the country, he realised that youths should do away with all forms of criminal activities and work hard for a better life.

"Youths, including myself, should try and behave well because it's good to note that no one is above the law," he stressed.

"We definitely regret this sad incident. It's rather unfortunate and we pledge to work hard not to fall into this kind of trap. Prison is not the best place to be," he said.

"We want to henceforth be engaged in productive ventures so as to contribute to national development," they promised.

The convicts finally thanked the government for creating several opportunities for the Gambian youths. They urged young people to make the maximum use of the opportunities accorded them.