Gambia charges three men for mob beating of alleged thief

Gambia charges three men for mob beating of alleged thief

Gambian authorities have arraigned three men accused of beating and wounding a suspected thief, who turned out to be mentally unstable.

Alhagie Kujabi, Momodou Saidykhan, and Sarjo Singhateh have been charged with assault and causing bodily harm to the man, whose full details have not been released.

Gambians decried the deplorable treatment of the man, strongly condemning it and demanding the arrest of those involved in the public beating.

Amateur videos show Kujabi, Singhateh, and Saidykhan beating the man, who was pleading for mercy and denying that he was stealing. He was stripped naked and told to jump like a monkey.

It is the third time that a mob has beaten a purported thief. The last of which was in the Upper River Region, where a plain cloth police officer was beaten and admitted to the hospital.

Gambian laws provide for citizen arrest but authorities have warned that mob justice has no place in the country. The police called last week’s shocking beating a “regret.”

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