12 June 2011

Gambia News: Update: The detention of Professor Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh and others

Three days after his arrest, Dr. Amadou Scattred Janneh was this afternoon seen in public our reliable sources from Banjul have intimated. Dr. Janneh under the escort of plain- clothes police officers, was driven back to his Commit office building in an unmarked white police pickup truck. After spending a considerable amount of time in the building, the security officers left again with Dr. Janneh. It is not clear why they were there or what they took from the premises.
Meanwhile, one of the three legal counsels retained to handle the case, was alerted of the arrival and presence of the plain-clothes officers with Dr. Janneh at the Commit office building. The counsel rushed to the location just as the plain-clothes officers were exiting with Dr. Janneh. Our source intimated that the police have handed back the keys to the Commit office building to an employee who is also a relative of Dr. Janneh and the employees were asked to resume normal work again.
The legal counsel, however, could not speak to Dr. Janneh and, therefore, could not ascertain the condition of his health and wellbeing. It can be recalled that since his unceremonious arrest three days ago, Dr. Janneh has not had the privilege of seeing family members or consulting legal counsel; a clear violation of the law. Additionally, three days after his arrest, no charges have been brought against Dr. Janneh, yet he continues to be held in detention again in clear violation of the 72 hours maximum detention time allowed by law. As we receive more information, we will be forthright in sharing with the Gambian public, friends of The Gambia around the world, and the international community.

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