A Gambian woman arrested last month for insulting President Adama Barrow will be prosecuted, the police said.
Fatou Badjie, a nursing mother was released from jail on bail after activists demanded that she be freed but police prosecutors on Tuesday called on three witnesses, forcing Badjie to open her defense.
Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh has been vilified by opposition politicians for prosecuting their supporters who use profanity against the autocratic ruler.
Badjie is a supporter of the former ruler but pro-democracy campaigners say Gambians voted out Jammeh to have a Gambia were ‘freedom of speech is guaranteed’ and no one will be prosecuted on ‘flimsy charges of insulting the president.’
Supporters of President Barrow and many conservative Gambians say their culture and tradition do not permit anyone to insult elders, more so the president of the nation.
Gambian authorities dropped charges against some two dozen supporters of Jammeh’s APRC party who were accused of insulting President Barrow and throwing stones at his supporters who were returning from his inauguration in January.
A handful of Barrow supporters were also arrested in Tallinding after clashing with APRC supporters. The police said the Barrow supporters, mostly from the UDP party used profanity towards Jammeh. They have not been charged.