Farato rioters released on bail: Sources

Farato rioters released on bail: Sources

Seven people charged by Gambian authorities for rioting and vandalizing properties outside Brikama have been released on bail, according to family members.

Their release followed the detention and next day discharge of an Imam and Alkali, who had attempted to negotiate their freeing.

Several people were wounded during last month’s Farato riot, including three police officers over disputed land and demolition exercise.

Family members of those losing their homes took to the streets to protest in what turned out to be an attack on businesses and properties in Farato, whose residents say the disputed land is an inheritance from their grannies.

A local real estate company, Manor Properties had their agents attacked, and at least two of their vehicles and a Caterpillar wheel dozer set on fire.

The seven were charged for willful damage of properties, assaulting police officers, incitement of violence, and riotously destroying machinery.

They appeared before a judge at a magistrates’ court in Brikama, who committed them to custody. They were since held in remand without reappearing in court.

Following the riots, Gambian authorities issued a stern warning Friday that is will not condone acts that seek to prune the security of the homeland.

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