APRC supporters may face arrest for celebrating July 22

APRC supporters may face arrest for celebrating July 22

Supporters of former dictator Yahya Jammeh could be arrested if they gather in the Gambia’s capital, Banjul to celebrate the coup that brought Jammeh to power.

Gambian authorities say the APRC, which is organizing a match to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the July 23 coup have not applied for a permit.

The MP for Foni Kansala and senior APRC official, Musa Amul Nyassi said the party will be celebrating in grand style as a reminder that Jammeh still enjoys support in the small country.

Gatherings for marches on the streets in the Gambia require a permit from the police department, an ordinance that APRC never had to follow during Jammeh’s regime.

Jammeh ousted the democratic government of Sir Dawda Jawara in the coup after his military training in the U.S.

Jawara’s personal bodyguard, Jammeh was a 29-year-old junior Lieutenant in the army when he came to power and entrenched himself for 22 years.

He lost elections to President Adama Barrow in December 2016 amid growing discontent over his corruption and human rights abuses.

Gambian authorities on Thursday officially launched a probe into his assets, financial transactions and close associates.

Jammeh is accused of mismanaging at least $147 million dollars in the last three years of his rule and fled the country with $50 million dollars to Equatorial Guinea.

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