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Femi Peters out from prison

Dec 13, 2010, 11:05 AM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

According to information reaching The Point, Femi Peters, the jailed campaign manager of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), was freed from jail on Friday, 10 December 2010, after serving a prison term of one year.

Mr Peters was jailed by the Kanifing Magistrates' Court to serve one-year in prison, and ordered by the court to immediately pay D10,000, after being found guilty of two count charges of procession and use of loud speaker without permit from the office of the Inspector-General of Police.

When contacted yesterday, the leader of the UDP, Ousainou Darboe, confirmed the story to The Point, saying: "Yes, Femi has completed his jail term of one year and was freed on Friday, 10 December 2010."

Readers would recall that Femi Peters was arrested by the police on October 2010 after he was accused of holding a political rally without a permit from the Inspector-General of Police.

He was subsequently arraigned at the Banjul Magistrates' Court, where his counsel, Ousainou Darboe, challenged the jurisdiction of the court, which was later transferred to the Kanifing Magistrates' Court where he was convicted.

His counsel, Ousainou Darboe, filed an appeal at the High Court in Banjul before Justice Emmanuel Amadi.

On Friday, 6 August 2010, the High Court in Banjul presided over by Justice Emmanuel Amadi dismissed the appeal filed by Femi Peters challenging his conviction.

According to the charge sheet, Mr Peters, on 24 October 2009, after failing to obtain permission from the Inspector-General of Police, proceeded to hold a political rally in Serrekunda Central. Count two stated that on the same day and time, Mr Peters used a loud speaker to be heard in a public place without the written consent of the Inspector-General of Police.