Freed opposition leader Ousainou Darboe said he has personally forgiven outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, after a court in Banjul granted him bail.
Darboe’s party, the main opposition UDP joined a coalition that backed Adama Barrow to win a presidential race last week, ousting the country’s longtime ruler. His party members were the most persecuted by President Yahya Jammeh’s regime.
Barrow rose to power after the jailing of Darboe with other senior members of the party in July.
Many Gambians are advocating for the prosecution of President Yahya Jammeh, who has conceded defeat and allowed a peaceful transition of power. The U.S. said the move by Jammeh will add positively to his legacy. Jammeh has got praises from world leaders for choosing the path to democracy.
Amnesty International said that the release of Ousainou Darboe and other peaceful protestors on bail is a big moment for them and their families, and hope that the positive step indicates that they will be fully acquitted in due course.
Darboe and other opposition supporters were convicted in July and sentenced to 3 years in prison for participating in peaceful protests that Gambian authorities said were unauthorized. 14 more opposition protesters are being tried in court and lawyers hope the change of government will allow them to have bail or be immediate acquitted.