Gambia arrested an opposition Member of Parliament, Demba Sowe (GDC – Niamina West) amid allegations that he defrauded a local businessman and skipped bail.
A Gambian court last week had issued an arrest warrant for Sowe after he failed to appear in court.
Police arrested Sowe from his home in the Kombo Metropolitan Area and detained at the Budung Police Station.
He has been released on bail, the police confirmed.
A High Court judge, Justice Zainab Jawara-Alamy has summoned Sowe’s sureties to show cause for why the bail bond must not be forfeited.
Sowe had denied he had any pending charges in court accusing his political rivals of peddling rumors to tarnish his image.
Gambian-British businessman Muhammed Tunkara and his partner in the UK, Stenroy Smith were defrauded of $161,000 dollars (D6.4 million dalasis) on the guise that they were going to be sold some gold valued at $1.5 million dollars (D60 million dalasis).
A lab in the Gulf nation of Dubai had tested what was presented as gold and the results showed it was fake and had zero karats.
A criminal complaint against the MP indicated that negotiations with the businessmen failed after failing to refund the money spent on the goods and services.
Gambia’s parliament is sitting and officials did not say if Mr. Sowe will be suspended.
Sowe’s arrest is another test for the GDC party, where an official said party executives were not aware of his ongoing trial before fielding him in the parliamentary polls.