Senior opposition member Tina Faal walked a free woman out of the Banjul Magistrates Court after charges against her were thrown out by Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie.
Faal was charged with theft and obtaining money by false pretense. Gambian authorities accused Ms. Faal of selling aircraft parts belonging to her former husband, African multimillionaire Babading Sisohore.
Faal’s lawyer, Combeh Gaye says the trial is politically motivated and had urged the court to consider a no case submission.
Tina Faal was a former parliamentarian nominated by the ousted autocratic ruler. They fell apart after Jammeh withdrew the diplomatic immunity of Fall’s daughter, Georgina Gomez, who was jailed in the UK for tax evasion and tobacco fraud.
She joined the newly formed opposition GDC and used her influence to draw support for the group from Jammeh’s already deeply divided APRC party.
Jammeh lost elections in December and fled the country to Equatorial Guinea. Politically motivated trials, including that of 14 supporters of the UDP party have been thrown out of court.