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Moses Richards released from prison

Oct 17, 2011, 12:40 PM | Article By: M.K. Marenah & Malamin Conteh

Lawyer Moses Richards, who was recently convicted and sentenced to two -years-six-month imprisonment, has been released from prison, The Point was reliably informed.

Richards, a former judge at the high court in Banjul, was convicted recently by the Magistrates’ court in Banjul, for sedition and for giving false information.

Though family sources did not advance any reason for his release from prison, the move has come barely a week after Richards was said to have written an apology letter to President Yahya Jammeh and begged for mercy.

Our reporter, who visited Richards' Latrikunda German residence yesterday morning, was told by a family member, who confirmed his release from prison, that Richards was out of the house by then.

“Yes, it is true that Moses Richards has been released from prison,” Fatou Kujabi, a family member, said.

It would be recalled that Moses Richards last week filed an appeal against his conviction at the Special Criminal Court, but before it could not be heard the Bar Association, which represented Richards, asked high court judge Justice Nkea to excuse himself from hearing the appeal.

Richards was convicted last month after the Banjul Magistrates’ Court found him guilty of giving false information to the Sheriff of The Gambia in November last year, by stating that the President of the Gambia had ordered the stay of execution of the writ of possession in a civil suit with intent to cause the Sheriff of The Gambia to stop the execution of the said writ of possession.

He was also convicted on grounds that he published a letter to the Sheriff of The Gambia stating that the President of The Gambia had ordered the stay of execution of a writ of possession in the civil suit with intent to bring into contempt the person of the President.