Gambia police: 25 APRC supporters charged, at least 19 remanded

Gambia police: 25 APRC supporters charged, at least 19 remanded

At least 19 supporters of the former ruling APRC party have been committed to custody by a magistrate court in Brikama for breaching the peace.

Police say they have charged at least 25 supporters of the country’s main opposition party and four have been released on bail.

Police spokesperson, Foday Conta said at least 51 supporters of the APRC were arrested when Lulu Sanyang of Kwinella village in the Lower River Region and others traveling back home from attending the 52nd independence anniversary and inauguration of President Adama Barrow from the Kombos were attacked in Kanfenda village in Foni Kansala District in the West Coast Region by a group of people led by Sira Bojang of Kanfenda.

“They started provoking the returnees and a lady from the group, Banna Kujabi started the physical assault the travelers by stoning them,” Conta said.

Gambian authorities say the rights of the detainees are being respected and that they have all being charged and arraigned within the 72 hours stipulated in the constitution.

The APRC says at least 26 people of those detained were minors and called for their immediate release.

APRC leader former Gambian autocratic ruler Yahya Jammeh was defeated in the polls in December. He had refused to cede power throwing the country into a stalemate.

Forced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture, and other human rights violations marked the government of President Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a military coup in 1994.

Gambian authorities under Jammeh routinely targeted voices of dissent, including journalists, human rights defenders, political opponents and critics.

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