A court in the city of Brikama in southern Gambia dropped charges against a single mother who was charged with breaching the peace for insulting the country’s new president, Adama Barrow.
Badjie, a supporter of the ousted dictator, Yahya Jammeh was arrested in mid-February after Jammeh was forced to flee.
Tensions have been rising ahead of parliamentary polls, the first election since Jammeh’s 22-year rule ended. His supporters have been accused of inciting violence in the Fonis were supporters of the coalition that defeated him attacked.
Human rights campaigners welcomed the release of Ms. Badjie.
Those that insulted former President Yahya Jammeh were prosecuted and given heavy fines and long prison sentences. Campaigners say they do not expect the same to be happening a new and democratic Gambia.
Badjie’s arrest mounted debate between conservative Gambians and rights defenders. Some say the Gambia has a culture and tradition and “insulting elders will not be tolerated.”
Jammeh’s security detail attacked protesters outside his hotel during the U.S. Africa leaders summit in Washington in 2014 claiming demonstrators were insulting the former ruler, an unacceptable practice in the Gambia.