The wife of Gambia’s detained deputy foreign affairs minister has written to authorities in the West African country demanding the immediate and unconditional release of her husband, Mr. Momodou Sarjo Jallow.
Jallow had been held by Gambian authorities at the NIA detention center in Banjul since September. Gambian authorities continue to ignore a court injunction ordering his release on bail.
Jainaba Bah, Mr. Jallow’s wife said they are being denied access to him. His lawyer, Senior Counsel Antouman Gaye has been repeated denied access as well.
Activists say the former Gambian envoy to the African Union’s arrest may be linked to his wife’s dissenting political activities against President Yahya Jammeh’s regime.
Amnesty International made an urgent call to action to have Jallow charged with an international recognizable offense or have him released and ensure that he is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.
The former senior government official’s travel documents are being held by Gambian authorities, who were suspected of breaking into his suburban Kombo home in Kerr Sereign taking with them a laptop and other documents.