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Rights activist gets D5m bail

Apr 8, 2010, 12:16 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Edwin Neboksa Nwakaeme, a human rights activist in the Gambia, was yesterday granted court bail by the Banjul Magistrates' Court in the sum of D5 million with two Gambian sureties, all of whom must have a landed property within the Greater Banjul Area.

Mr. Nwakaeme, a Nigerian, was since 10th March 2010, remanded in custody at the State Central Prison Mile 2 after pleading not guilty to a charge of giving false information.

According to the particulars of the offence, the accused person, Mr. Nwakaeme, sometime in the month of March 2010 gave false information to the Office of the President that the Africa in Democracy and Good Governance Organisation is a non-governmental organisation (NGO), which he knew or had no reason(s) to believe is true.

The accused was represented by Lawyer Assan Martin, who earlier applied for his client to be granted bail as, according to him, the alleged offence is bailable.

Senior Magistrate Hilary U Abeke then adjourned the case to 15th April 2010.