Dec 19, 2008, 7:56 AM
The Gambia Press Union, GPU, has confirmed the release on Monday July 13 of the managing director of Teranga FM radio station, Alagie Sisay.
Mr Sisay, who was taken away on Thursday 2 July by two men who identified themselves as agents of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, spent twelve days in the custody of the state.
He was dumped in the streets of Yundum, near the airport, at 11pm, where his family picked him after he telephoned to inform them of his release.
Although Mr Sisay has given no further details regarding his ordeal, his family confirmed that no criminal charge was leveled against him.
Following his release, Mr Ceesay was said not to be feeling well, and had to undergo a check-up at a medical facility.
The GPU in a statement said “the prolonged detention of Mr Sisay is an infringement on his constitutional right not to be detained beyond 72 hours”, and added that “his apparent mistreatment is regrettable.”
“The GPU is committed to the protection and promotion of press freedom and freedom of expression,” the press union further stated.