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Lt. Gen. Saul Badjie, 2 others released

Feb 8, 2022, 11:20 AM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Lieutenant General Saul Badjie, the former commander of Republican National Guards and two other personnel of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) who were recently remanded at the country's central prison, [Mile 2] in Banjul have been released; The Point has been reliably informed.

Lt. Gen. Saul Badjie, Major Landing Tamba and Warrant Officer Class 1 Musa Badjie were arrested upon their return to the country from Equatorial Guinea. They were recently arranged at the High Court in Banjul and subsequently granted bail.

Momodou Lamin Ceesay, the spokesperson of The Gambia Prison Services confirmed the release of Lt. Gen. Saul Badjie and co to The Point, saying “Yes Lt. Gen. Saul Badjie and others were released this afternoon on the court orders,” Ceesay confirmed.

High Court judge, Justice Zainab Jawara-Alami on Friday ordered the immediate release of Lt. Gen. Saul Badjie and his two colleagues from Mile 2 where they were detained on suspicion of committing grave offences.

Gen. Badjie, a member of the Gambia Armed Forces was detained together with Major Landing Tamba and Warrant Officer Class 1 Musa Badjie.

Saul Badjie and others have been in detention since the 10th January 2022 and have not been told the reason of their arrest.

The court held that their detention without a charge is a violation of their fundamental rights preserved in the 1997 Constitution. She ruled that it is unlawful to keep someone in detention beyond 72 hours without a charge.

Justice Jawara refused to grant the application by the State to keep Saul and his two co-detainees in detention for 90 days.

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